More than two years from the next gubernatorial election, Republicans Mike DeWine and Jon Husted each reported Friday that they are sitting on more than $1 million in their campaign war chests.
Husted, who is currently secretary of state, reported $1.2 million in cash on hand while DeWine, the state attorney general, reported $1.1 million in cash. The money positions them both for a run for governor in 2018. However, neither has announced a run.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a third Republican who is interested in running for governor, does not have an account separate from the Kasich for Ohio committee. Last fall, Taylor formed Onward Ohio, a non-profit that uses disclosed money to support Taylor’s expenses and travel not related to her job.
Onward Ohio raised $146,500 — including $30,000 contributions from retired utility executive Anthony Alexander, Mercury Plastics Chief Executive William Rowley and from Anthony and Gary Didado of JW Didado Electric.
State Auditor Dave Yost, a Republican, reported $423,043 on hand; Gov. John Kasich, who is now running for president, reported $201,487 in his state campaign account; and Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is eyeing a run for U.S. Senate in 2018, has 113,872 in cash in his state account.
In the General Assembly, Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, raised $423,629 in 2015 and reported a $279,604 balance at the end of the year and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, raised $906,050 in 2015 and has a balance of $250,715.
The Senate Republican Campaign Committee raised $4.2 million — almost 10 times more than the $455,202 raised by the Senate Democrats last year. And the House Republicans raised $5 million while the House Democrats pulled in $856,802 last year.
Ohio Democrats have yet to signal who would be their front contenders for the governor’s race in 2018. Former attorney general Richard Cordray, who now heads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the Obama Administration, and former governor Ted Strickland, who is now running for U.S. Senate, have been mentioned as possible candidates.
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