Montgomery, Dann to face off in November election

A former attorney general and a state senator will face off in the November election for Ohio attorney general.

In the Republican race, Ohio Auditor Betty Montgomery defeated State Sen. Tim Grendell 73 percent to 27 percent with 82 percent of precincts reporting.

Montgomery, who is currently the Ohio auditor, was attorney general from 1997 to 2002. She was running for Ohio governor, but she dropped out to run for attorney general.

In the democratic race, State Sen. Marc Dann defeated former Cleveland Law Director Subodh Chandra 74 percent to 26 percent.

This year’s race will revolve around the issues of Republican corruption, political science professor Vernon L. Sykes said.

In the past, Republicans have had the advantage, but polls show voters with a throw the bums out attitude, Sykes said.

“This election the issue of Republican corruption seems to give the Democrats their best opportunity to capture statewide offices, he said.

Ohio’s attorney general represents the legal interests of the state, engages in litigation on behalf of the state and defends the state when it is sued.

The attorney general also provides counsel to Ohio’s public universities, including Kent State.

– Amanda Garrett