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
Political experience: Franklin County Treasurer, 2002-present; Ohio State Solicitor, 1993-1994; State Representative, 33rd Ohio House District, 1991-1993
Name: Sandra O’Brien
Political experience: Ashtabula County Auditor, 1994-present