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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 March 12, 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

Larry Ealy (D) - Disabled Ex-Tow Truck Driver, Ex-Exotic Dancer & Frequent Candidate
& Jeffrey Lynn (D)

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) - Retired Supreme Court Justice, Ex-Appeals Ct Judge, Ex-Journalist & Vietnam War Veteran
& Chantelle Lewis (D) - Ex-East Cleveland City Councilwoman & Elementary School Principal

Paul Ray (D) - Teacher
& Jerry Schroeder (D)

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

Travis Irvine (Libertarian) - Comedian, Journalist, Filmmaker & '10 US Rep Nominee
& Runningmate Not Yet Named

Bruce Jaynes (Libertarian) - '16 Pres. Candidate & '10 US Rep Candidate
& Runningmate Not Yet Named  

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
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. ]
Sandra O’Brien (R) - Ex-Ashtabula County Auditor, Ex-Teacher & '06 Nominee
Robert Sprague (R) - State Rep., Ex-Findlay City Treasurer & Management Consultant
Rob Richardson (D) - Ex-Univ of Cincinnati Board Chair, Attorney & '17 Cincinnati Mayor Candidate
Paul Curry (Green/Write-In) - Financial Advisor

[ Dave Yost (R)* - Candidate for Attorney General in 2018. ]
Keith Faber (R) - Ex-State Senate President, State Rep. & Attorney
Kelli Prather (D) - Occupational Therapist, '17 City Council Candidate & '16 US Sen Candidate
Zack Space (D) - Ex-Congressman, Attorney & Ex-Dover Law Director
Bob Coogan (Libertarian) - Accountant, Corporate Auditor & '12 St Rep Nominee

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

Don Eckhart (R) - Retired State Employee, Religious Right Activist & Frequent Candidate
Mike Gibbons (R) - Investment Banker, Attorney & Community Activist

Dan Kiley (R) - Financial Advisor
Timothy Pinion (R/Write-In) - USMC Veteran
Jim Renacci (R) - Congressman, Ex-Wadsworth Mayor & Businessman
Philena Irene Farley  (Green/Write-In) - Green Party Activist

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
Aftab Pureval (D) - Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Attorney & Bar Owner
Laura Ann Weaver (D) - Dentist, Dental Educator, Transgender Activist & USAF Veteran
Mike Goldschmidt (Independent) - University Research Associate & Term-Limits Activist

District 2:
Brad Wenstrup (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Janet Everhard (D) - Retired Physician, Progressive Activist & '16 Candidate
Jill Schiller (D) - Non-Profit Group Consultant, Ex-Obama White House Aide & Attorney
William Smith (D) - Truck Driver & Frequent Candidate

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

John Kasich for Congress - 1982

District 4:
Jim Jordan (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Joe Miller (R) - '16 St Rep Nominee
Norbert Denneril (D) - Ex-Cleveland City Councilman, Retired Realtor, USMC Veteran & Frequent Candidate
Janet Garrett (D) - Retired Teacher, Ex-Teachers Union Local President & '14/'16 Nominee
Leah Sellers (D) - Ex-Marysville City Councilwoman & Attorney
Cody Slatzer-Rose (D)

District 5:
Bob Latta (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Bob Kreienkamp (R) - Retired TV Studio Engineer & Retired Dairy Farmer
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)
Robert Blazek (R) - Businessman
Werner Lange (D) - Retired Teacher, Pastor & Sanders Campaign Activist
Shawna Roberts (D) - Stay-Home Mother & Ex-Fast Food Worker

Jim Lawrence - Socialist for Congress

District 7:
Bob Gibbs (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Patrick Quinn (R) - Businessman & '10/'16 St Rep Candidate
Terry Robertson (R) - Real Estate Agent, Truck Driver & '16 Candidate
Ken Harbaugh (D) - Non-Profit Aid Group Executive & Navy Veteran
Patrick Pikus (D) - Business Manager

District 8:
Warren Davidson (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Bill Ebben (D) - Regional Sales Manager, Ex-Teacher & Army Veteran
Vanessa Enoch (D) - Management Consultant & Non-Profit Group Executive
Matthew Guyette (D) - Program Manager, Paralegal, Ex-US Capitol Tour Guide & '14 Candidate
Ted Jones (D) - Cable-Access TV Show Producer & Quality Management Consultant
Stephen Shaw (D)

District 9:
Marcy Kaptur (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Josh Garcia (D) - Taxi Driver, Ex-Cook & Progressive Activist
Keith Colton (R) - Deck Construction Company Owner

W. Benjamin Franklin (R)

Steve Kraus (R) - Ex-State Rep., Real Estate Agent, USAF Veteran, Felon & '16 Candidate
McKenzie Levindofske (Independent) - Project Manager, Ex-Actor & Ex-Bartender

Jimmy Carter - John Freedom - 1976

District 10:
Mike Turner (R)* - (Campaign Site)
John Anderson (R) - USAF Civilian Project Manager & Frequent Candidate
John Mitchel (R) - Defense Contractor, Retired USAF Officer & Frequent Candidate
Theresa Gasper (D) - Businesswoman
Robert Klepinger (D) - Teacher, Store Owner, Farmer & '14/'16 Nominee
Michael Milisits (D) - Carpet Store Manager & Sanders Campaign Activist
Michael Little (Independent)

District 11:
Marcia Fudge (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Pamela Pinkney Butts (D) - Minister, Ex-Congressional Aide & '16/'20 President Candidate
LaVitta Murray (D) - Businesswoman & Law Student
Greg Dunham (R) - Accountant & Project Manager
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. ]
John Adams (R) - Ex-Portsmouth Councilman, Ex-School Board Member, USAF Veteran & Frequent Candidate
Kevin Bacon (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Ex-Blendon Township Trustee & Attorney
Troy Balderson (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Auto Dealer & Farmer
Gary Chiero (R) - Businessman
Lawrence Cohen (R) - Attorney & Accountant
Jon Halverstadt (R) - Real Estate Agent
Tim Kane (R) - Economist, Author & USAF Veteran
Melanie Leneghan (R) - Liberty Township Trustee & Ex-Marketing Executive
Pat Manley (R) - Architect
Carol O'Brien (R) - Delaware County Prosecutor & Ex-Asst. Attorney General
Myrl "Mick" Shoemaker Jr (R) - Ex-Columbus School Board Member & Businessman
Ed Albertson (D) - Businessman, Army Veteran & '16 Nominee
Danny O'Connor (D) - Franklin County Recorder & Attorney
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
Joe Manchik (Green) - Engineer & '16 Nominee
Jonathan Veley (Libertarian) - Attorney

Louis Stokes for Congress

District 13:
Tim Ryan (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Robert Crow (D) - Property Manager, Ex-Airline Employee & Frequent Candidate
John Luchansky (D) - Truck Driver, Conspiracy Theorist & Frequent Candidate 
Chris DePizzo (R) - Attorney
Lou Lyras (Independent) - Businessman

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
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)
Ryan Hupp (D)
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. ]
Anthony Gonzalez (R) - Technology Executive & Ex-Pro Football Player

Michael Grusenmeyer (R) - Physician
Christina Hagan (R) - State Rep.

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
Keith Mundy (D) - Legal Research Firm Owner, Progressive Activist & '16 Nominee
Susan Moran Palmer (D) - Healthcare Executive
John Wilson (D)


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Peirce - Libertarian


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Dennis Kucinich for Congress


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Louis Stokes for Congress

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