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Treasurer of State of Ohio

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    Robert Sprague

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Campaign Phone (614) 706-2701
Age 40
City/town Cincinnati, OH
Education/Degrees June 2002, B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati May 2005, Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati
Community Involvement Active member of the Cincinnati NAACP
Endorsements Ohio Democratic Party Senator Sherrod Brown Senator Cory Booker Senator Kamala Harris Ohio AFL-CIO Ohio FOP Ohio IAFF OAPSE/AFSCME OFT & OEA UFCW Ohio Building Trades Laborers International Union of North America Steelworkers Iron Workers IBEW Planned Parenthood NARAL Pro Choice HRC Equality Cincinnati
Campaign Message Accountability. Innovation. Opportunity.
I’m running because I believe I am the best candidate for this office. I have a strong track record of safeguarding and growing assets. During my nine years on the Board of Trustees at the University of Cincinnati I oversaw unprecedented growth and helped grow our cash reserves by over $300 million. During my tenure on the Board, UC was voted the number one return on investment for public colleges by PolicyMic.
I believe I am the best candidate for this office because of my values and commitment to building a better state for all Ohioans, not just those in power. As a longtime union member, I believe in the necessity for a strong middle class and policies that elevate working Ohioans while holding the powerful accountable. I’ve been a fighter for people my entire career and I want to continue to this as Ohio’s next treasurer.
I’m not convinced the office needs to cut any services, though I think the Checkbook can be streamlined since the Governor’s office performs a similar function. I am concerned in a more general sense about the direction previous treasurers have taken the office. I know the treasurer should absolutely not use taxpayer dollars for things that benefit them more than the office. I think the challenges that face the office have to do with restoring accountability to taxpayers. That means using the office to promote services that benefit the public, like financial empowerment programs or low-interest student loans. It also means potentially divesting from entities that harm people, like for-profit prisons.
The treasurer has no control over altering taxes. My concern as treasurer is getting the best return on investment from the tax dollars we do receive. During my time at UC I oversaw remarkable growth because of the strategic investments we made. I want to bring that same kind of growth to the state of Ohio as your next treasurer, and I want to ensure that our economic growth happens in a way that expands opportunities for every Ohioan.
Campaign Phone (419) 348-7695
Age 46
YouTube Sprague for Ohio
City/town Findlay, Ohio
Education/Degrees Duke University, BSA Mechanical Engineering, MBA University of North Carolina, 2003, emphasis in finance
Community Involvement Boy Scouts Gateway church Women's Resource Center
Endorsements Ohio Republican Party, Ohio Right to Life, Cincinnati Right to Life, Ohio Black Republicans Association, Ohio Carry, Ohio Value Voters, Ohio Citizens PAC, Adams County Republican Party, Brown County Republican Party, Butler County Republican Party, Clermont County Republican Party, Clinton County Republican Party, Columbiana County Republican Party, Cuyahoga County Republican Party, Defiance County Republican Party, Franklin County Republican Party, Fulton County Republican Party, Greene County Republican Party, Knox County Republican Party, Lake County Republican Party, Madison County Republican Party, Miami County Republican Party, Montgomery County Republican Party, Preble County Republican Party, Shelby County Republican Party, Summit County Republican Party
Campaign Message Safe with Sprague
I am running for Treasurer because I want to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of Ohioans. From the opiate addiction crisis to our crumbling infrastructure, I believe that the Treasurer can be a leader in promoting innovative financial solutions to tackle some of our state’s greatest challenges and I encourage readers to visit to learn more about my ideas for the office. Furthermore, my private sector experience makes me uniquely qualified to safeguard our treasury and manage our state’s investments. I am a problem-solver who was trained to deliver results and I believe Ohioans deserve the high degree of professionalism and type of ethical leadership that I will bring to the Treasurer’s Office. I look forward to continuing to earn the trust and support of Ohioans and to serving with honesty and integrity as Ohio’s next Treasurer of State.
As Treasurer, I will lead with the experience and knowledge gained from a strong finance-based education, a successful career in the private sector and public policy expertise at the local and state government levels. I earned my undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of North Carolina. Before owning my own consulting business, I worked for Ernst and Young where I advised companies world-wide on complex financial matters. I served as Treasurer and Auditor for my hometown of Findlay where I learned firsthand the intricacies of local government operations and helped the city improve its credit rating and lower its debt service costs. As State Representative, I served on the House Finance Committee, chairing the budget subcommittee dealing with one of the largest sources of state spending. I not only have the ability to expertly execute the core duties of the Treasurer, but the passion and perseverance to do so much more.
While working as an international business consultant for Ernst & Young, I evaluated companies’ operations, found efficiencies and improved their internal processes. Once I am elected, I plan to use this experience to do an in-depth evaluation of the office and services the Treasurer provides to ensure we are achieving the highest quality outcomes at the most effective cost for taxpayers. Through the course of our evaluation, unless a service is deemed antiquated, I believe it’s important to see if we can achieve greater fiscal efficiencies and drive down the costs of needed services, either internally or through strategic partnerships with the private sector, before deciding whether or not cuts are necessary.
Instead of raising taxes or fees, as Treasurer, I will promote innovative financial tools designed to deliver cost savings to the state and actually relieve pressure on taxpayers. For example, I have a plan to unlock creativity in the private market through the standardization of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). SIBs foster partnerships between the public and private sectors, where the private market develops new programs, but the public sector only pays if the new programs can be proven to deliver results. Applying this to the heroin epidemic would mean investments in programs that produce better recovery rates than the programs the state is currently funding. Increasing our recovery rates means healthier Ohioans and could in turn help reduce state spending for areas that have been put under increasing pressure as a result of this crisis. By forming strategic partnerships with the private sector, we can have a lasting, positive effect on the state’s bottom line.
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