Sandy O’Brien is running again for Ohio state treasurer, a seat she unsuccessfully sought 11 years ago.
O’Brien, a Republican from Ashtabula County, announced her intention to run in a Sunday email message to members of the Ohio GOP Central Committee, in which she requested that party leadership not endorse candidates before the May primary.
O’Brien’s entrance into the race, which is not official until she files paperwork with the state, would mean a competitive GOP primary against Rep. Robert Sprague from Findlay. The GOP primary victor will face Democrat Rob Richardson, a Cincinnati attorney, in the general election.
You can read O’Brien’s statement on entering the race below:
“I am running for State Treasurer because I have the necessary qualities and experience to handle the office. I believe in full transparency of Ohio’s tax dollars. I support Ohio’s open checkbook program and will work diligently to bring all political subdivisions into the program. I believe Ohio’s tax dollars need to be conservatively invested.”
After an hour-long, closed-door meeting Friday, party leadership decided to not endorse anyone. O’Brien wasn’t believed to be present at the meeting. Cleveland.com could not reach her Friday.
In her email on Sunday, O’Brien noted that candidates can file paperwork to enter statewide races through Feb. 7.
“An endorsement now would mean discouraging other qualified Republican candidates considering a run for elected office,” she wrote.
O’Brien was the Republican nominee for state treasurer in 2006 but lost to Democrat Richard Cordray.
In 2010, she ran for secretary of state, but lost to Jon Husted, who is now a lieutenant governor candidate. She also ran for the General Assembly in 2000 but lost.
In 2002, O’Brien won the race for Ashtabula County auditor.