State scandal focus of treasurer race

In the midst of a political scandal that shook Columbus, both candidates for Ohio treasurer said bringing accountability back to the state government is their top priority.

Franklin County Treasurer Richard Cordray and Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O’Brien emphasized the importance of regaining the public’s trust in the aftermath of the Tom Noe scandal.

Noe, a Republican fundraiser, was indicted in 2005 for mishandling a $50 million investment of rare coins made by the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation.

“The most natural issue for the treasurer’s office is how we’re going to protect the money in Columbus,” said Cordray.

O’Brien said she too will keep the public aware of how its money is spent.

Nate Ulrich


Name: Richard Cordray

Party: Democrat

Age: 47

Residence: Columbus

Political experience: Franklin County Treasurer, 2002-present; Ohio State Solicitor, 1993-1994; State Representative, 33rd Ohio House District, 1991-1993

Name: Sandra O’Brien

Party: Republican

Age: 54

Residence: Cleveland

Political experience: Ashtabula County Auditor, 1994-present