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    Steve Dettelbach

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Campaign Phone (216) 438-1667
Age 53
City/town Cleveland, Ohio
Education/Degrees A.B. Dartmouth College J.D. Harvard Law School
Community Involvement Steve serves on the board of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
Endorsements Ohio AFL-CIO | U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown | Ohio Association of Public School Employees | Communication Workers of America District 4 | United Food and Commercial Workers | Ohio Federation of Teachers | Ohio Education Association | United Auto Workers Region 2-B | International Union of Painters and Allied Trades – District Council 6 | Ohio State Assoc. of Plumbers and Pipefitters | Ohio State Council of Machinists |
Campaign Message As a federal prosecutor, Steve Dettelbach put human traffickers and other dangerous criminals behind bars, and took on corrupt politicians from both parties. As Ohio’s next Attorney General, he’ll take on our broken political system to protect Ohioans from violent criminals and corrupt politicians alike.
Across very different communities in Ohio, hundreds of miles apart, I've heard a very similar themes -- a belief that politicians have rigged the system to benefit themselves and powerful special interests, while real problems facing Ohio like the opioid crisis have gone largely unaddressed and hard-working people have struggled to get ahead. I'm running for Ohio Attorney General to fix this broken system by standing up to politicians in both parties and using my experience to protect Ohio from violent crime, public corruption and other threats.
If we want to fix our broken system, we need to stop depending on career politicians to do it.

I'm not a politician - I'm a prosecutor. Over two decades, I put human traffickers, child abusers and drug dealers behind bars, and prosecuted public officials in both parties for taking bribes and breaking the law.

As Attorney General, I will take on our broken system. I'll implement tough, new measures to keep our children and communities safe and will stop politicians from both parties from gaming the political system to benefit their donors and powerful special interests at the expense of Ohio workers and businesses.
Campaign Phone (614) 228-2481
Age 62
City/town Columbus, Ohio
Education/Degrees The Ohio State University (BA) 1984 Capital University (JD) 1991
Endorsements Buckeye Firearms Association Columbus Dispatch Ohio Association of Security and Investigation Services Ohio Bail Agents Association Ohio Carry Ohio Chamber of Commerce Ohioans for Concealed Carry Ohio Gun Collectors Association Ohio Right to Life PAC Ohio Society of CPAs Ohio Value Voters National Federation of Independent Businesses - Ohio PAC NRA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 189
Campaign Message Fight for Right
I have spent my life getting ready for the job of Ohio attorney general. As state auditor, I fought against public corruption and for accountability. As a former newspaper reporter, I strived to uncover the truth. As a county prosecutor, I brought violent criminals to justice.

The attorney general protects Ohio – our kids, our communities, our environment and our most vulnerable. This means protecting the rule of law. We cannot have an attorney general who will use the courts for political gain or pursue partisan causes at the peoples’ expense. We need someone who will call balls and strikes.

That is how I have spent my entire career, and that is what I will do as attorney general.
As a prosecutor and as state auditor, I've fought for what's right - even when it meant going against my own political party or when it wasn't the popular thing to do. As attorney general, I will fight to protect Ohio.

One of my first priorities as auditor was to create the auditor’s Public Integrity Assurance Team, a group of forensic auditors, investigators and attorneys with a mission to fight public corruption. Our work has helped win more than 170 criminal convictions of people who couldn't be trusted with tax dollars.

As a county prosecutor in Delaware County, I prosecuted cases from drug dealing to sexual assaults against women and children to murder. I know Ohio - I went to college here and worked here all my life.

I'll protect Ohio, from the environment to the economic environment, from the courthouse to the schoolhouse to your house. The same rules for everybody, whether you're a drug dealer on the street corner or a polluting CEO in the corner office.
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