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Ohio’s incoming Secretary of State is taking some heat over one of the people he picked to co-chair his transition team – Ken Blackwell, who’s been blasting Democrats in the ongoing vote count in Florida. But Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) is standing by his choice.

Gov.-elect Mike DeWine (center) introduces members of his transition team (l-r): Communications Director Lisa Peterson, Director of Transition Committee Laurel Dawson and LeeAnn Cornyn, in the newly created position of Director of Children's Initiatives.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Governor-elect Mike DeWine, incoming Secretary of State Frank LaRose and incoming Auditor Keith Faber have announced their transition teams, the people who will help set policy, personnel and priorities for the next four years.

Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Ohio Republicans swept the statewide office races in yesterday’s election, carried by a big victory from Mike DeWine for the governor’s office.

Ohio Secretary of State Race

Oct 30, 2018
Republican Sen. Frank LaRose (left) and democratic Rep. Kathleen Clyde (right) agree that more transparency is needed in campaign finance.
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Democrat Kathleen Clyde and Republican Frank LaRose are the frontrunners in the race for the office of secretary of state.

Both are state lawmakers. Both are 39. Both are experienced in election issues. And both have crisscrossed the state in their bids to attract attention to a down ticket race that also helps determine control of the board that will redraw state legislative districts and could play a role in drawing new congressional maps.

Today on All Sides, the Ohio Secretary of State Race.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray shakes hands with supporters during an election night event Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The candidates for governor and other statewide races have released their final fundraising reports before next month’s election. It’s been a record-breaking election for at least one race.

Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio’s secretary of state keeps track of business filings and campaign finance records. But that office is best known for its role as the state’s elections chief – and it’s one of the five statewide executive offices that will have a new occupant in January.

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
Gary Landers / Associated Press

The latest fundraising numbers show this year’s race for governor is going to be the most expensive in the state’s history.

Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) at the Marion Popcorn Festival with former Marion County GOP Chairman Gary Risch. LaRose is running for Secretary of State.
Nick Evans / WOSU

On a drizzly Saturday, I meet Frank LaRose at the Marion Popcorn Festival.

“So what do you guys suggest?” LaRose asks at one booth, ducking under the tent to get out of the rain. “I’m definitely going to get some kettle corn,”

David Pepper, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman, with the party's statewide candidates
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Now that we're past Labor Day, political campaigns are intensifying. It's the time when voters are more likely to pay attention to the choices they will be making in November.

At a panel on voting issues in Beachwood Wednesday night, the two major party candidates for secretary of state discussed several election issues that are rarely debated. 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, and State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, agreed without hesitation that there needs to be a higher threshold for getting constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray shakes hands with supporters during an election night event Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The latest campaign fundraising numbers for statewide candidates in 2018 are in, with Democrats and Republicans keeping the race tight – and expensive.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
Ohio Senate

As the Ohio House was going through multiple rounds of voting to pick a new speaker, the Senate passed a surprise amendment to expand the state auditor’s power to look into the workings of the privatized non-profit entity JobsOhio.

Voters cast ballots at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus on the first weekend of in-person early voting.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Republican state lawmakers say they have a plan to give Ohio’s 88 counties millions of dollars to replace thousands of voting machines that were bought more than a decade ago. The new machines could be ready in time for the 2020 presidential election.

Karen Kasler

Ohio could soon become the third state in the country to ban abortion after a diagnosis of Down syndrome, after both the House and Senate passed different versions of a bill to do so.

Republican Sen. Frank LaRose (left) and democratic Rep. Kathleen Clyde (right) agree that more transparency is needed in campaign finance.
Jo Ingles/Ohio Public Radio / OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The opponents of Issue 2, the Drug Price Relief Act, recently outspent backers of that proposal by a four-to-one margin. And most of the money in the opposition’s campaign war chest couldn’t be directly traced because it was in an LLC rather than a traditional political action committee.

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