Hartmann discusses race for Ohio secretary of state

Greg Hartmann will be spending a lot of time in Northeast Ohio during the next six months.

The sole Republican candidate for secretary of state said he has been visiting the Cleveland area in recent weeks with his campaign manager Jim Trakas. A Cincinnati native, Hartmann made a stop in the area last weekend with Trakas, who hails from Cleveland. Future campaign visits will likely include a stop at Kent State.

“I absolutely need to get there on campus and visit,” he told the Daily Kent Stater last night in between TV and phone interviews. “I’ll be in the area quite a bit. I’m from southern Ohio, so I need to be spending a huge percentage of my time there.”

Hartmann, who currently serves as the Hamilton County clerk of courts, said his work experience with a large staff and a multi-million dollar budget would suit him well in the office. His opponent, unopposed Democrat Jennifer Brunner, has worked as a judge in Columbus and recently gave up her judgeship to run for secretary of state.

“I think it’s important to have somebody with an appropriate background,” he said. “I have contact with 88 different counties, which is important for the secretary of state office.”

Hartmann said he has received a lot of help on the campaign trail from Trakas.

“He’s been great,” Hartmann said of Trakas. “I was with him all day Sunday in Cleveland. I’ll be working with him intimately these next few months.”

Hartmann seemed relieved to be running unopposed.

“I have at least one vote,” he said with a laugh. “I’m excited about the fall campaign. I’m gonna run a very aggressive campaign and do everything I can to win this important office. It’s one of the most important offices in the state of Ohio.”

– Andrew Hampp