September 21, 2017
SANDUSKY — State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, says he wants to use his background in finance to come up with innovative ideas for the state treasurer’s office.
Sprague is seeking the Republican nomination for state treasurer in the May Republican primary. He hopes to replace Josh Mandel, a Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate. The treasurer’s office has attracted one other Republican candidate, Clarence Mingo, who is the Franklin County auditor.
The race also has drawn a Democratic candidate, Rob Richardson, a Cincinnati attorney who has served as chairman of the University of Cincinnati’s board of trustees.
Sprague appeared Wednesday on “Between the Lines Live,” the Register’s public affairs program. The interview is available for on-demand viewing at the Sandusky Register’s website.
Sprague said he would like to bring private funding to bear to help in the effort against the opioid epidemic, which he said has been one of his main issues in the Ohio General Assembly.He said addicts in Ohio have a recovery rate of about 10 percent — defined as staying clean for a year.
It might be useful to encourage organizations trying a new form of treatment to issue social impact bonds to fund the program. If they met a certain goal — say, a 30 percent recovery rate — the state could buy back the bonds with interest, he said.
Sprague, who is married and has five children, said he got interested in the addiction crisis when he was driving back from a piano recital by one of his kids and took a call on his cell phone from a constituent.
The woman explained that her daughter had been in and out of rehab 17 times. The woman said she and her husband had to mortgage their home to pay for treatment.
Sprague said Ohio’s state treasurer has the responsibility of investing a $13 billion cash portfolio.
He said he supports expanding the investment of more of that money into Israeli government bonds. That would help support a key U.S. ally, but also would provide a better rate of return than domestic bonds, he said.
The treasurer also has the responsibility of issuing state debt, Sprague said.
Citing his experience at Ernst & Young, and as city auditor for the city of Findlay, Sprague said, “You want to have somebody who knows what they’re doing.”
Sprague has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University and a master’s in business administration from the University of North Carolina. When he worked at Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services company, he worked on projects with several Fortune 500 companies.
Tom Jackson, Staff Reporter, The Sandusky Register
I’m having a fantastic time out on the campaign trail introducing Ohioans to their next Treasurer of State! This summer has been jam packed with fairs and festivals and Team Sprague has been on the road hitting as many of these local treasurers as possible. Please be sure to check out our Facebook album to see how much fun we’ve had as we’ve eaten and chatted our way through more than 20 county fairs!
Whether up north in Ashtabula or down south in Clermont, Robert continues to earn the support of conservatives all across our state as they learn about his proven track record on pro-life and second amendment issues, strong personal integrity and deep commitment to his faith and family. I’m proud to work for a candidate I believe in and I look forward to getting to know you better as we work together to make sure Robert Sprague is our next Treasurer of State!
It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through the month of July! Summer always seems to just fly by. I hope you and your family are enjoying the long sunny days and warm weather as much as we are.
The summer months are packed with so many wonderful local fairs and community festivals and we have been having a great time getting out and making new friends across the state. We’re looking forward to continuing our travels and hope to see you in your neighborhood soon!
Since I kicked off my campaign, I have been on the road meeting with conservatives across Ohio, introducing myself and learning about what they’d like to see in their next Treasurer of State. I can hardly believe that we’ve already visited half of Ohio’s 88 counties! We’ve met so many great people, but still have a lot more ground to cover. If we haven’t made it to your neck of the woods yet – we will be there soon!
FINDLAY – State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) today announced his candidacy for Treasurer of the State of Ohio. Representative Sprague currently represents the 83rd Ohio House District, which includes Hancock, Hardin and part of Logan County.
“After thoughtful consideration and discussions with my wife and family, I have decided that I am prepared to make the commitment to serve the citizens of our great state as the next Treasurer of Ohio. I am running for Treasurer because I want to bring the type of ethical, innovative, problem-solving leadership to the Treasurer’s office that Ohioans deserve – the kind of leadership that will flawlessly execute the office’s core functions, and that will also transform the office and role of the Treasurer into one that can and should be used as a highly effective tool to address some of Ohio’s most pressing problems.
“As Treasurer, Josh Mandel has done an incredible job of doing more than just administering the office – he has also brought an innovative mindset to the position that has provided greater accountability to Ohio taxpayers and a renewed trust in the office, ensuring that Ohioans’ interests are being well-served and that our state’s financial assets are being well-managed. I intend to build upon the strong foundation that Treasurer Mandel has established and bring my own innovative ideas to the position that I know will benefit the lives of millions of Ohioans.
“From my service as Treasurer and Auditor for the City of Findlay, to my role as a state legislator, I have a strong record as a fiscal conservative who has balanced budgets, cut the cost of government, and effectively managed taxpayer dollars. Many tough decisions had to be made along the way, but I was there to make them and do my part to lead our communities and state toward a better future.
“I believe that my international experience in business and finance makes me uniquely qualified for the job of State Treasurer. But in addition to that experience, I’ve also had to meet a payroll as a small businessperson, so I know firsthand what it means to run a business and I am all too familiar with the challenges that Ohio’s job creators face on a daily basis. In order for Ohio to truly prosper, we need to release Ohio businesses from the shackles of government over-regulation, encourage and incentivize them to innovate, and give families the tools they need to make informed financial decisions for themselves. I will do my part to accomplish all of these things as State Treasurer.
“As our next State Treasurer, I have a vision that extends beyond dollars and cents. I plan to use the Treasurer’s office to make a difference on critical issues that Ohioans are facing every day – providing real-world, conservative solutions to help tackle real-world problems. That’s the type of vision and innovative leadership Ohioans deserve and have the right to expect from their elected officials, regardless of their position.
“I am running for Treasurer because I want to serve my fellow Ohioans. I want to make a positive and meaningful difference – not just for my family, but for all Ohio families. My commitment to the citizens of our state is that I will do this job with highest integrity and that every decision I make will be in their best interests.”
Robert Sprague has served in the Ohio House of Representatives since 2011, representing the 83rd District. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University and earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina. He currently resides in his hometown of Findlay with his wife, Amanda, and their five children, Cole, Davis, Graham, Tate, and Mary Hannah. They are members of Gateway Evangelical Presbyterian Church.