Mandel, Yost plan to run for re-election

by Marc kovac | Capital Bureau Chief Published:

Columbus -- Two Republican statewide office holders confirmed their intentions Jan. 31 to seek re-election next year, while a third said he would not run in any other slot on the ballot.

"I'll be running for reelection as state treasurer," said Josh Mandel, just off a November loss to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. "But I don't have any plans in the near term to be doing anything political, and my time will be spent on running the treasurer's office ... I think the best formula for reelection is to just to a good job as state treasurer."

He added, "I speak on behalf of my wife, my neighbors and probably all your families that people are sick of political campaigns. They just want folks to focus on doing their jobs."

Auditor Dave Yost also said he would seek another term in 2014.

"I love this work," he said. "I hope the people of Ohio will keep me on the job for another four years."

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted said he'll have his hands full this year overseeing Ohio's regular elections calendar.

As for next year, "For me, it's always election time, just in running them, not running for them. And I'm not pursuing any other office other than the secretary of state."

Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.

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