Mandel launches another U.S. Senate campaign


By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Losing in 2012 to Democrat Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate, state Treasurer Josh Mandel says he’ll seek the seat again in 2018.

“It’s time to transfer power from politicians to the people, so every Ohioan has the freedom to live the life they want and the opportunity to work the job they want to work,” Mandel, a Republican, said Wednesday in Columbus. “Most people think Washington is broken, but it’s really just a rigged system. Politicians and their cronies get rich while the middle class struggles.”

Mark Munroe, chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party, said, “Josh Mandel has been itching to get back into the U.S. Senate race, and this early announcement signals what could be the start of crowded field, although Mandel has to be considered the clear favorite. His service in the treasurer’s office has been innovative and well received.”

Munroe’s counterpart, David Betras, county Democratic Party chairman, however, sees it differently.

“Sherrod Brown is clearly a champion for working people, and Josh Mandel is very late to that dance,” Betras said. “The only candidate in that race who cares about the issues that are important to working people and the middle class is Sherrod Brown.”

In the 2012 race, Brown beat Mandel by 6 percentage points.

Mandel, from the Cleveland area, could face a Republican primary challenge from U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, from the Columbus area and a political ally of Gov. John Kasich’s.

Mandel’s announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, as he filed forms 11 months ago with the Federal Election Commission allowing him to raise money for a Senate bid. At the time, Mandel said he’d have a decision after the November general election.

Serving his second term as state treasurer, Mandel said, “I’ve been fighting to make Ohio’s government more accountable and transparent. Now it’s time to take the fight to Washington. That’s why I’m running for the United States Senate.”

Mandel has received praise for being a proponent of open government because of his office’s OhioCheckbook.com program that has the state’s expenditures online as well as local government entities that participate in the effort, including Mahoning County.

Contributor: Reporter Jordyn Grzelewski

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