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Congressman John Ashbrook - 1980

Filing Deadline for Partisan Candidates: February 7, 2018
Filing Deadline for Independents: May 7, 2018
Filing Deadline for Minor Party Candidates: August 13, 2018
Filing Deadline for Write-Ins: August 27, 2018
Primary: May 8, 2018
Bold = Active Candidate
Italics = Potential Candidate
* = Incumbent
= Winner
(Incumbent Party Listed First)

This page was last updated on January 23, 2018


(Note: Governor & Lt. Governor candidates run together on tickets in the primary.)
[ John Kasich (R)* - Term-Limited in 2018. ]

Mike DeWine (R) - Attorney General, Ex-US Senator, Ex-Lt. Governor, Ex-Congressman & Ex-State Sen.
& Jon Husted (R) - Secretary of State, Ex-State Sen. & Ex-State House Speaker

Mary Taylor (R) - Lt. Governor, Ex-State Auditor, Ex-State Rep. & Ex-Green City Councilwoman
& Nathan Estruth (R) - Businessman & Ex-Reagan White House Aide

Richard Cordray (D) - Ex-Attorney General, Ex-State Treasurer, Ex-US CFPB Director & Ex-State Rep.
& Betty Sutton (D) - Ex-Congresswoman, Ex-State Rep., Ex-Summit County Councilwoman & Attorney

Dennis Kucinich (D) - Ex-Congressman, Ex-Cleveland Mayor, Ex-State Sen. & '04/'08 Presidential Candidate

& Tara Samples (D) - Akron City Councilwoman
, Paralegal & Progressive Activist

Bill O'Neill (D) - Supreme Court Justice, Ex-Appeals Court Judge, Nurse, Ex-Journalist & Vietnam War Veteran
& Runningmate Not Yet Named

Connie Pillich (D) - Ex-State Rep., Attorney, USAF Veteran & '14 State Treasurer Nominee
& Scott Schertzer (D) - Marion Mayor, Ex-Marion City Councilman & Ex-Teacher

Joe Schiavoni (D) - State Senate Minority Leader & Attorney
& Stephanie Dodd (D) - State Board of Education Member & Fundraising Consultant

Constance Gadell-Newton (Green) - State Party Co-Chair, Attorney & '16 State Rep. Nominee

& Brett Joseph (Green) - Social Systems Design Consultant, Attorney & Educator

Next State Constitutional Officer Elections in 2018.

Governor Dick Celeste

[ Mary Taylor (R)* - Candidate for Governor in 2018. ]

[ Jon Husted (R)* - Candidate for Lt Governor in 2018. ]
Frank LaRose (R) - State Sen. & Iraq War Veteran
Dorothy Pelanda (R) - State Rep. & Attorney
Kathleen Clyde (D) - State Rep. & Attorney

[ Mike DeWine (R)* - Candidate for Governor in 2018. ]
Dave Yost (R) - State Auditor, Delaware County Prosecutor, Ex-Delaware County Auditor & Attorney
Steve Dettelbach (D) - Ex-US Attorney

Bob Taft

[ Josh Mandel (R)* - Term-Limited in 2018. ]
Robert Sprague (R) - State Rep., Ex-Findlay City Treasurer & Management Consultant

David Leland (D) - State Rep., Ex-State Democratic Chair & Attorney

Rob Richardson (D) - Ex-Univ of Cincinnati Board Chair, Attorney & '17 Cincinnati Mayor Candidate

[ Dave Yost (R)* - Candidate for Attorney General in 2018. ]
Keith Faber (R) - Ex-State Senate President, State Rep. & Attorney

Cliff Rosenberger (R) - State House Speaker, Political Organizer & USAF Veteran
Chase Ritenauer (D) - Lorain Mayor

Zack Space (D) - Ex-Congressman, Attorney & Ex-Dover Law Director

Voinovich - DeWine - 1990


State House - ( Democratic Caucus - Republican Caucus )
State Senate - ( Democratic Caucus - Republican Caucus )


Sherrod Brown (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Melissa Ackison (R) - Surveying Company Owner

Matt Dolan (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Attorney & Major League Baseball Team Co-Owner

Mike Gibbons (R) - Investment Banker, Attorney & Community Activist

Matt Huffman (R) - State Sen., Ex-House Speaker Pro Tempore, Lima City Councilman & Attorney
Todd Leebow (R) - Steel Company CEO

Jim Renacci (R) - Congressman, Ex-Wadsworth Mayor & Businessman

Jim Tressel (R) - Youngstown State Univ President & Ex-Ohio State Univ Football Coach

US Senator John W Bricker

Rob Portman (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2022.


Jim Traficant for Congress

District 1:
Steve Chabot (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Sam Ronan (R) - USAF Veteran, '16 State Rep. Candidate & Ex-Democrat
Robert Barr (D) - Rabbi

Todd Portune (D) - Hamilton County Commissioner, Ex-Cincinnati City Councilman & Attorney
Aftab Pureval (D) -
Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Attorney & Bar Owner
Alicia Reece (D) - State Rep. & Ex-Cincinnati City Councilwoman

Sam Ronan (D) - USAF Veteran & Progressive Activist

Laura Ann Weaver (D) - Dentist, Dental Educator & USAF Veteran
Michele Young (D) - Attorney, Community Activist & '16 Nominee
Mike Goldschmidt (Independent) - University Research Associate & Term-Limits Activist

District 2:
Brad Wenstrup (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Richard Crosby (D) - Attorney
Janet Everhard (D) - Retired Physician, Progressive Activist & '16 Candidate
Russ Hurley (D) - Barber, Navy Veteran, Marijuana Legalization Activist & '16 Candidate
Ken McNeely (D) - Brown County Democratic Chair & '14/'16 State Rep. Nominee
Jill Schiller (D) - Non-Profit Group Consultant, Ex-Obama White House Aide & Attorney

District 3:
Joyce Beatty (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Jim Burgess (R) - Businessman, Tea Party Activist & Frequent Candidate
David Lowry (Libertarian)

John Kasich for Congress - 1982

District 4:
Jim Jordan (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Janet Garrett (D) - Retired Teacher, Ex-Teachers Union Local President & '14/'16 Nominee
Andrew Mackey (D) - Deputy Court Clerk

District 5:
Bob Latta (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Todd Wolfrum (R) - Van Wert County Commissioner, Attorney & Newspaper Columnist
J. Michael Galbraith (D) - Financial Advisor & College Instructor
James Neu Jr. (D) - Auto Worker, '16 Nominee & '06 State Rep. Candidate

District 6:
Bill Johnson (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Shawna Roberts (D) - Stay-Home Mother & Ex-Fast Food Worker

Jim Lawrence - Socialist for Congress

District 7:
Bob Gibbs (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Ken Harbaugh (D) - Non-Profit Aid Group Executive & Navy Veteran

District 8:
Warren Davidson (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Jason Gruber (R) - Factory Worker & Volunteer Firefighter
Bill Ebben (D) - Regional Sales Manager, Ex-Teacher & Army Veteran
Ted Jones (D) - Cable-Access TV Show Producer & Quality Management Consultant

District 9:
Marcy Kaptur (D)* - (Campaign Site)

Jimmy Carter - John Freedom - 1976

District 10:
Mike Turner (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Theresa Gasper (D) - Businesswoman
Michael Milisits (D) - Carpet Store Manager & Sanders Campaign Activist

District 11:
Marcia Fudge (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Pamela Pinkney Butts (D) - Minister, Ex-Congressional Aide & '16/'20 President Candidate
James Jerome Bell (I) - Consultant, Notary & '16 Presidential Candidate

District 12 - Special Election - 2018:
Filing Deadline: February 7, 2018 - Independents Filing Deadline: May 7, 2018
Primary: May 8, 2018 - Special General: August 7, 2018

[ Pat Tiberi (R)* - Resigned January 15, 2018. ]
Kevin Bacon (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Ex-Blendon Township Trustee & Attorney
Troy Balderson (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Auto Dealer & Farmer

Rick Carfagna (R) - State Rep., Ex-Genoa Township Trustee & Ex-State Legislative Aide

Lawrence Cohen (R) - Attorney
Brandon Grisez (R) - Staffing Firm Account Coordinator & Iraq War Veteran
Jon Halverstadt (R) - Real Estate Agent

Jim Hughes (R) - State Rep., Ex-State Sen. & Attorney
Kris Jordan (R) - State Rep., Ex-Delaware County Commissioner & Ex-State Legislative Aide

Tim Kane (R) - Economist, Author & USAF Veteran
Melanie Leneghan (R) - Liberty Township Trustee & Ex-Marketing Executive
Carol O'Brien (R) - Delaware County Prosecutor & Ex-Asst. Attorney General
Ed Albertson (D) - Businessman, Army Veteran & '16 Nominee
Crystal Lett (D) - Financial Consultant & Children's Health Care Activist
Jackie Patton (D) - District Wellness Initiative Coordinator & Nurse
John Peters (D) - Teacher
John Russell (D) - Farmer & '16 State Rep. Nominee
Zach Scott (D) - Ex-Franklin County Sheriff, Ex-Police Officer & Business Consultant
Doug Wilson (D) - Ex-Ashley Mayor, Respiratory Care Practitioner & Artist
Jonathan Veley (Libertarian) - Attorney

Louis Stokes for Congress

District 13:
Tim Ryan (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Chris DePizzo (R) - Attorney
Kyle Steffel (R) - Business Consultant & Investor

District 14:
Dave Joyce (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Evan Carp (R) - Businessman
Matt Lynch (R) - Ex-State Rep., Ex-Bainbridge Township Trustee, Attorney & '14/'16 Candidate

Darrell Scott (R) - Pastor & Trump Campaign Activist

Betsy Rader (D) - Attorney, '07 Russell Town Trustee Candidate & '04 County Judge Candidate
Adam Hickey (Green) - USMC Veteran

District 15:
Steve Stivers (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Rob Jarvis (D) - Teacher
Rick Neal (D) - International Aid Worker & Peace Corps Veteran
Jonathan Miller (Libertarian) - Service Technician, Karate Instructor & Afghan War Veteran

Ron Mottl & John Glenn

District 16:
[ Jim Renacci (R)* - Candidate for US Senate in 2018. ]
Ron Amstutz (R) - Wayne County Commissioner, Ex-State Rep., Ex-Orville Mayor & Ex-Journalist

Anthony Gonzalez (R) - Technology Executive & Ex-Pro Football Player

Dave Greenspan (R) - State Rep., Ex-Cuyahoga County Councilman & Businessman

Christina Hagan (R) - State Rep.

Larry Obhof (R) - State Senate President & Attorney
Kristina Roegner (R) - State Rep., Ex-Hudson City Councilwoman & Mechanical Engineer

Kit Seryak (R) - Afghan War Veteran & Ex-White House Intern

Scott Wiggam (R) - State Rep., Ex-Wayne County Commissioner, Businessman & USAF Veteran
Dean DePiero (D) - Ex-State House Minority Leader, Ex-Parma Mayor & Attorney

Mark Dent (D) - Attorney & Army Veteran
Aaron Godfrey (D) - Physicist & College Instructor
Grant Goodrich (D) - Non-Profit Executive, Farmer, Environmental Activist & USMC Veteran
TJ Mulloy (D) - Insurance Broker & Ex-Construction Worker


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Peirce - Libertarian


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Dennis Kucinich for Congress


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