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Auditor Taylor to seek re-election, not U.S. Senate seat
By William Hershey | Friday, May 15, 2009, 02:16 PM
State Auditor Mary Taylor well seek re-election next year and not run for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. George Voinovich, according to Greg Gantt, Montgomery County GOP chairman.
Auditor Mary Taylor
The state Republican Central Committee on Friday, May 15, endorsed Taylor for re-election.
Gantt said he was informed of Taylor’s decision earlier in the week and was pleased.
Taylor, however, would not confirm her decision, but issued this statement:
“I appreciate the endorsement of the Ohio Republican State Central Committee and Executive Committee. I will make an official announcement of my intentions for 2010 later next week.”
State GOP offficials, however, had wanted to avoid a primary and were pleased.
“Mary Taylor has done an outstanding job as our state auditor for the last two years, keeping the governor accountable, which is what she’s supposed to do,” said John McClelland, Ohio GOP spokesman.
News of Taylor’s decision followed the announcement on Tuesday, May 12, from Democratic Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper that he’s running for auditor next year.
Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern wasn’t impressed with Taylor’s decision.
“I think if you ask 10 Ohioans who Mary Taylor is, nine wouldn’t know and the tenth wouldn’t return your phone call,” said Redfern. He said the winner in the auditor’s race will be the candidate who works hardest at jobs such as meeting the voters and Pepper “is that kind of candidate.”
The auditor is on the five-member Apportionment Board that will draw new state legislative districts after the 2010 census.
Taylor’s decision avoids a battle with former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman of the Cincinnati area for the GOP Senate nomination. Cleveland-area auto dealer Tom Ganley also has said he plans to seek the nomination.
On the Democratic side, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher are seeking the nomination.