March 22, 2018
Conservative Republican Robert Sprague has earned the endorsement of Ohio Right to Life PAC in his campaign for Ohio Treasurer. As a member of the Ohio General Assembly, Sprague has been a staunch defender of life and has a proven record of voting for laws that strengthen the rights of the unborn. Now, in his first campaign for statewide office, Sprague is the only Republican candidate for Treasurer to receive the support of Ohio’s foremost pro-life advocacy group.
“Robert Sprague has been a trusted friend of the pro-life movement during his time at the Statehouse and played an instrumental role in helping us achieve historic legislative victories for life. We need leaders like Robert Sprague at the state level who will never stop fighting for our most vulnerable Ohioans,” said Mike Gonidakis on behalf of the Ohio Right to Life PAC.
Further establishing Robert Sprague as the clear choice for pro-life voters, Cincinnati Right to Life PAC also announced this week their sole endorsement of Sprague for Ohio Treasurer.
“Representative Sprague works to learn, know, and support principles of human life protections from earliest beginnings to end of life,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “Whatever the office, whatever the level of government, a public official who recognizes the right to life for every human being, is most likely to care for and further Ohioans’ needs in other socio-economic areas.”
In addition to Sprague’s distinguished pro-life voting record and unwavering position on matters of life, those who know Sprague best are proud to support his candidacy because they know he is a true champion of the pro-life cause.
“Every non-profit organization is grateful for the friends that faithfully support its mission,” said Laurie Turnow, Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center of Hancock County. “Robert Sprague is one of these special friends. He shares our view that life should be affirmed in every circumstance and he appreciates that we provide services for young families (including the unborn) and teens in our community. Robert’s heart is evident through his actions which show he is pro-life at his core. We are so thankful for him!”
February 9, 2018
What a great way to cap off a busy week on the campaign trail.
This afternoon, I received the unanimous endorsement of the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee!
I am honored that these trusted leaders of our Party – women and men elected by Republicans to serve as their voice in Columbus – are standing strongly beside me in my campaign to serve as our next Treasurer of State.
I am very thankful for the support that we continue to receive from every corner of our state and look forward to delivering on my commitment to bring the type of ethical and innovative leadership to the Office of the Treasurer that Ohioans deserve.
As we head into 2018, know that my resolve to serve as our next Treasurer of State remains unwavering. I have a vision for the Treasurer’s office that I know will help build a stronger future for all our families here in Ohio and I’m fully committed to making that vision a reality.
I am proud to announce that this week, I received the unanimous endorsement of the Franklin County Republican Party Central Committee! I am honored that these trusted Republican leaders have placed their confidence in me to serve as Ohio’s next Treasurer of State and I look forward to working together with them to earn the support of Franklin County voters.
We are excited that Christmas is just around the corner and everyone on Team Sprague has enjoyed getting in the spirit together while catching up with so many of our good friends at holiday parties, like the ones hosted by the Ohio Republican Party and the Xenia Women’s Club.
October 24, 2017
A Republican state treasurer candidate for 2018 met with fellow GOP members during a fundraising event Monday night in Defiance.
Ohio 82nd House District Rep. Craig Riedel of Defiance also formerly announced his candidacy for a vacant Ohio Senate seat during the event held for his benefit at the Second Story at 210 Clinton St. in downtown Defiance.
Ohio 83 House District Rep. Robert Sprague of Findlay — the only declared Republican candidate presently for the state treasurer’s job in 2018 — also spoke. The incumbent — Republican Josh Mandel — has announced he plans to challenge Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown for a U.S. Senate seat next year.
“We think we’ve got a great ticket and a great message to talk about how we can improve some financial concepts, people with developmental disabilities working out in the community,” said Sprague — a Duke University graduate, former auditor and treasurer for the city of Findlay, and former Ernst and Young employee — during an interview before speaking to Republicans Monday. “I think we can bring to bear new financial concepts that’s going to help with our heroin treatment — improve our heroin treatment — across the state with innovative financial products. We’ve got a lot of good messages to share.”
Among his plans is trying to strengthen “our national security” by having the state invest in Israel, “our greatest ally on the war on terror.”
And he wants “to try to help young people with some financial literacy when they are in high school so that they don’t make decisions that lead to a crippling amount of student loan debt.”
Of Mandel, Sprague said: “He’s done a great job. We’re going to build on what he’s done with the transparency, the open checkbook … to make it not just the transparent checkbook, but also a smart checkbook.”
The comment refers to the program initiated under Mandel’s watch in which various governments’ financial transactions are placed online.
During a brief speech Monday, Sprague elaborated on his message for managing the heroin crisis, proposing a pilot program for a “social impact bond.” He noted that at present Ohio’s heroin recovery rate is just 11 percent, which “if we were producing steel, we’d be out of business the next day.”
“How do you get out of this epidemic if you can’t get people into recovery, if — in terms of long-term recovery — you can’t get them better?” he asked. “And why are we spending hundreds of millions of dollars on treatment and wasting it on treatment that doesn’t work? One of the things I want to do in the treasurer’s office is bring to bear an interesting financial concept called a social impact bond.”
He explained that “this is where you take the money from the private sector — say like $1 million — and you put up a bond that says we’re going to try a new way to treat heroin addiction in the state of Ohio, and we run a two-year pilot program and at the end of the two-year pilot program we see what the results are. We measure the results, and let’s say they get a 35 percent recovery rate instead of an 11 percent recovery rate. Guess what? The state of Ohio will come in and we’ll buy back that bond … .”
If the program proves successful, “as fiscal conservatives we’re only paying for the treatment that actually works, and if it works better than what we already have we’re saving money in the state, we’re saving money on the Medicaid system, we’re saving money on the criminal justice system, and at the end of the day everybody is a winner because there’s more people in recovery and there’s not as much demand for that evil sinister heroin that they’re bringing into our neighborhoods.”
October 23, 2017
POMEROY — “Unity within our Party and unity within our country” was the focus of Thursday’s Meigs County Republican Bean Dinner, as articulated by keynote speaker State Representative Robert Sprague.
Sprague (Findlay, District 83) spoke on campaign issues during the evening’s activities at Mulberry Community Center, and asked for support for his bid to secure the Republican nomination for Ohio Treasurer in the May primary.
“Public policy and platforms that help the people of Ohio is what I will bring to the Secretary of Treasurer’s Office. I want to use the office to address issues, like the opioid epidemic.”
Sprague has been serving as State Representative since 2011, and advocated public-private partnerships as a way to address the opioid epidemic, saying he would use social impact bonds to find better treatment options.
Impact bonds are a contract with the public sector to explore and develop new treatments. If the results have a positive outcome, the participant receives a return on their investment. If not, the state pays nothing.
“We need innovative ideas to find a solution to this crisis, and I believe social impact bonds are an opportunity to do so.”
Sprague also said Republicans needed to support the President “in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism,” and said the Treasurer’s office could do more to help build relationships with Israel by promoting state investments in that country.
“Israel is our strongest ally in the war on terror and in the Middle East. These investments would strengthen our ally,” he said.
A strong supporter of STABLE Accounts for those with developmental disabilities, if elected he said he would push to keep these accounts.
STABLE Accounts are not included when determining certain federal benefits such as Medicaid. This allows families and individuals with developmental disabilities to save and invest money for items such as housing and education without losing eligibility.
“STABLE Accounts encourage independence for developmentally disabled persons. It encourages them to develop skills and independent living.”
“Let’s ride the Trump wave to victory,” he closed, referring to all Republican candidates running for office in 2018.
Lorna Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.
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