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Treasurer candidate Pillich makes opening campaign pitch
Pillich proposes an added layer of oversight to the often troubled office in her opening salvo of the campaign
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Candidate Connie Pillich says the office of treasurer needs an independent watchdog.
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The Democratic nominee for state treasurer is proposing a plan that she believes will bring more accountability to the office.

Representative Connie Pillich of Cincinnati says an independent inspector general should be assigned to watch over the treasurer' office in order to eliminate what she says is a culture of fraud and corruption.

Pillich faces Republican incumbent Josh Mandel in November. She says the treasurer' office is the central hub for outgoing and incoming revenue for the state which explains the need for accountability.

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“We don’t need anyone in this office who’s going to have some sort of political debt or obligation—perceived or real or in any other way—it needs to be an independent watchdog. You know for over 10 years we’ve had problems in the state treasurer’s office it’s been in both parties,” according to Pillich. 

Pillich says Mandel’s oversight system puts the deputy treasurer in charge. However, Pillich says that can still cause problems, recalling issues with former Deputy Treasurer Amer Ahmad, who served under Democrat Kevin Boyce. Ahmad faces federal corruption charges.

Mandel’s spokesperson says the treasurer continues to take steps to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse while promoting transparency. He adds that the office receives an annual inspection by the state auditor’s office.

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