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Preview of the GOP senate candidates
State treasurer Josh Mandel has just announced his intention to run for U.S. Senate Thursday against five others in  the primary
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Jo Ingles
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It might come as a surprise to many Ohioans that state treasurer Josh Mandel has just announced his intention to run for U.S. Senate Thursday. And it might also surprise many Ohioans to know there are five other Republicans who are running against Mandel in that Senate primary. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has a preview of the GOP primary race for US Senate.
Preview of the GOP senate candidates

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Republican Josh Mandel has been Ohio’s Treasurer since 2010.  Before that, he served in the state legislature and before that, on the Lyndhurst City Council.  He’s not new to politics.  Yet he says he is the breath of fresh air that’s needed in congress right now.

Mandel: "We need a new brand of leadership in Washington. We need a new generation of leadership in Washington. We need people in Washington who sound a little different, look a little different and have the backbone to stand up to leaders in Republican and Democratic parties and stand up to people with a lot of money in order to fight for the people of Ohio."

The 34-year-old marine himself has a lot of money--at least where his campaign war chest is concerned.  According to federal filings, Mandel raised 5 point 8 million dollars over the last 11 months and has 4 point 3 million on hand. If GOP primary voters elect Mandel to run for Senate, as is expected, he will have almost as much campaign funding as Democratic U.S . Senator Sherrod Brown. And he has much more than any of the five Republicans who are running against him in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

None of them, according to federal filings, have a thousand dollars in their campaign funds. In fact, if it weren’t for free media events--like a recent debate at the Cleveland City Club--many Ohioans might not know Mandel’s primary competitors.

There’s David Dodt, who like Mandel, has a military background. Dot served in the Navy, then worked as a journeyman for General Motors. He says he’s in the race because the Democratic party is trying to enslave the country in socialist programs.

Dodt: "The Democratic party, the party of slavery in 1860 is trying to use economic slavery instead of chains this time but it’s still slavery."

Donna Glisman is a small business owner from the Put-In-Bay area.  She’s concerned with fair trade and wants to make sure foreign exchange students are not getting financial help at the expense of American college students.

Glisman: "I’ve coined myself the red white and blue collar candidate and I am the second female in 18 years to be on the Republican primary ballot."

Russell Bliss, a write-in candidate from Willoughby, is also an airline captain and pilot.  He says the U.S. Constitution should determine what is required of Ohioans.

Bliss: "The majority of the struggles we face in this country right now belongs to one ominous source on the Hudson River in New York City right now and that’s the United Nations."

Michael Pryce, an orthopedic surgeon from Hudson, is also running in the primary.

Pryce: "There are two kinds of people who run for office--those who want to be someone or those who want to do something."

Pryce says count him the latter. He says his vast experience in health care would be helpful in congress--especially in issues involving abortion.

Medical care is also of interest to Eric LaMont Gregory, a consultant from Beavercreek. He says the federal government needs to do something to reign in medical costs.

LaMont Gregory: "The problem with our health care system is that there are no provisions for catastrophic illness and we are being bankrupted by long term care for the elderly.

All of the Republican candidates for Senate, including Mandel, say they don’t like President Obama’s health care reforms. The candidates say they’d either scrap it altogether or make major reforms to it.
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