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House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he won’t run for state auditor

October 30, 2017 GMT

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he won’t run for state auditor

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Term limited House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger will not run for state auditor in 2018, after signaling last week that he was considering entering the race.

Rosenberger’s decision to stay out of the race keeps the primary field clear for state Rep. Keith Faber, former president of the Ohio Senate and the only Republican running for state auditor. The potential match up would have pitted the two high-profile Statehouse Republicans against each other in a primary.

“Over the past several weeks, I have been so humbled and honored by the support and encouragement I have received from my colleagues, my constituents and other elected officials all across Ohio to seek the office of Auditor of State,” Rosenberger said in a statement Monday. “However, after careful consideration and deliberation, I have decided that I will not seek the office of Auditor of State. I intend to devote my remaining 14 months as Speaker of the Ohio House to continuing to work with our members to promote policies that serve the most pressing needs of the people of Ohio. On the political side, my focus will be helping our House candidates during the upcoming election year in order to secure and maintain our majority in the House.”

Rosenberger in his statement did not endorse Faber.

One of five statewide executive elected offices in Ohio, the state auditor is responsible for auditing public bodies, investigating fraud in public agencies, and providing financial services to local governments, among other duties.

The current auditor, Dave Yost, is term-limited and is running for attorney general in 2018. Former U.S. Rep. Zack Space is the only Democrat in the race so far.