Current State Auditor Dave Yost is expected to announce today his run for Attorney General in the 2018 election. The current Attorney General, Mike DeWine, will be unable to run again in 2018 due to Ohio term limits. Sources close to Third Base Politics have reported that Yost has already raised over $1 million for the run, which is a very large amount for an Attorney General race in Ohio.
Yost originally planned to seek the AG position in the 2010 election before instead deciding to run for State Auditor. Prior to his run for State Auditor Yost served as County Auditor for Delaware County from 1999 – 2003 and then as Prosecutor until 2011. In the 2010 election for State Auditor Yost beat out now current Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper by a healthy margin and then won re-election in 2014 against Democrat John Patrick Carney by an even larger margin.
During his time as State Auditor Yost’s office has several accomplishments under its belt. Under Yost the Auditor’s office pioneered Share Ohio, a way for public entities in Ohio to share low-use equipment as a way to save money. Yost’s office has also performed over 70 performance audits of state and local entities to the tune of over $150 million saved in tax payer dollars. The office reported a savings of $23 for every dollar spent on performance audits. Beyond this Yost’s office has also found over $17 million in misspent or stolen public funds with each case being turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency with multiple convictions as the result.
Yost has also shown during his time as Auditor a willingness to buck other state officeholders if he believes they are in the wrong. During his first term Yost and Kasich were at odds over Jobs Ohio, with Yost asserting his right to audit the entity and Kasich disagreeing. Yost held that since Jobs Ohio received public funds that it was subject to state audit, while Kasich and the entity disagreeing due to its standing as a partly-private entity.
Yost’s announcement is expected at 11 am today, January 24th.