Running mate of Kasich challenger besieged by financial woes

By David Skolnick


Brenda L. Mack of Canfield — the running mate of a former state tea-party leader challenging incumbent Gov. John Kasich in the Republican primary — has a history of financial problems.

Mack’s problems include a 2002 Chapter 13 personal bankruptcy filing, a 2008 Chapter 7 bankruptcy of a cleaning business she owned with the company owing more than $100,000 to various creditors, failure to pay about $20,000 in state taxes and a 2002 conviction in Mahoning County Court in Boardman for passing bad checks that included a 180-day suspended jail sentence.

Mack couldn’t be reached Thursday or Friday by The Vindicator to comment.

Mack’s financial issues were first reported late Thursday by

Ted Stevenot, past president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition tea-party organization, announced Wednesday that he was running for governor in the Republican primary in May and that Mack would be his lieutenant-governor running mate.

Stevenot, of the Cincinnati area, and Mack, a former Ohio Black Republicans Association president and a 2013 Athena Award nominee, are to have a campaign kickoff press conference Tuesday in Columbus.

Mack is the second potential lieutenant gubernatorial candidate with financial problems. State Sen. Eric Kearney withdrew as Democrat Ed FitzGerald’s running mate last month after it was reported he, his wife and his businesses owed about $825,000 in unpaid taxes.

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