2018 Democratic Primary Candidates

In 2017, we saw voters show strong enthusasm for Democratic candidates up and down in the ballot in New Jersey, Virginia, Alabama and across Ohio and Butler County.  In 2018, we'll be mobilizing to re-elect Sherrod Brown to the U.S Senate and offering change in Washington and Columbus with candidates for Congress, Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer and State Auditor.  Locally, we'll have candidates for State Senate, the Ohio House of Representatives, County Commissioner, and County Auditor.  Be sure to bookmark this page as we'll update it as the May 8th, 2018 Democratic Primary approaches!

Learn about the candidates' biography, their stances on the issues, and who have endorsed them from the links below.  The decision is yours!  Request a Democratic primary ballot for the May 8, 2018 primary!

Democratic Candidates for the May 8th, 2018 Primary Election

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown


Candidates for Governor

Rich Cordray / Betty Sutton


Bill O'Neill / Chantelle Lewis



Connie Pillich


Joe Schiavoni / Stephanie Dodd


Candidate for Attorney General​​

Steve Dettlebach

From the opioid crisis to terrorism, and from corporate fraud to public corruption, Ohio’s next Attorney General will confront very real threats. Steve Dettelbach worked side-by-side with law enforcement to fight these threats–and others–as a career prosecutor and U.S. Attorney.

As Attorney General, he will fight to keep our communities safe and hold the powerful accountable. You can learn more about Steve Dettlebach, his record, and his endorsements from his campaign website.

Candidate for Secretary of State

Kathleen Clyde

Kathleen has been a dedicated defender for and protecting voters and voting rights. She wants to take her life’s work to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office to secure and modernize Ohio elections so every Ohioan’s vote counts.

Kathleen fought to restore the busiest days of early voting and extend early voting days and hours. She introduced legislation for automatic voting registration that will ensure Ohioans are added to the rolls when they do everyday things like get a driver’s license, seek disability services, or simply turn eighteen.

Because no matter who you are or where you live, Kathleen will put the people of Ohio first.

You can learn more about Katlheen Clyde from her campaign website.

Candidate for State Auditor

Zack Space

Zack Space was born and raised in the small eastern Ohio town of Dover. Upon graduating from law school at The Ohio State University, he returned to Dover where he spent nearly 20 years managing a consumer-oriented law practice, and served as a Public Defender and as Dover’s City Law Director. In 2006, he was elected to Congress from Ohio’s 18th District, comprising much of rural eastern and southern Ohio. During his tenure in Congress, Zack championed underserved Ohioans and was instrumental in bringing broadband technology, employment opportunities, and infrastructure improvements to his constituents.

Zack is running to serve as Ohio’s next Auditor of State, where he will use the broad power of the office to deliver much needed reform to state government. Zack is committed to promoting best practices and transparency by focusing on the following: reducing the influence that campaign contributions have on policy, taking politics out of the redistricting process, and serving as a watchdog for hard-working Ohioans and their families. 

You can learn more about Zack Space from his campaign website.

Candidate for State Treasurer

Rob Richardson, Jr.

In 2008, Rob Richardson was asked by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to serve on the Board of Trustees at the University of Cincinnati, his alma mater. A former engineering and law student, Rob had made a mark at the university when he founded the first collegiate chapter of the NAACP in Southwest Ohio.

Over the next nine years Rob helped UC grow to the second largest university in Ohio, where he eventually became Chair of the Board. Along the way he established the UC Scholars Academy for students in the Cincinnati Public School District, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for student scholarships, led the search for president Dr. Neville Pinto, and founded the 1819 Innovation Hub where students, faculty, and staff collaborate with entrepreneurs, startups, and others in the private sector.

Rob led the university in a fiscally responsible way while also making strategic investments that led to unprecedented growth. The university maintained cash reserves of over $200 million as it grew throughout Rob’s tenure. In 2013 it was ranked as the top educational investment in the nation by PolicyMic.

You can learn more about Rob Richardson, Jr. and his plans for the State Treasurer's Office at his official campaign website.

Ohio House of Representatives

Susan Vaughn- 51st Ohio House District

Susan Vaughn is running against incumbent Republican Wes Retherford for the 51st Ohio House District.  According to the Journal News, Vaughn is running because “ethics” has been the “first and foremost” issue people want to see improved.  

​“Things I’ve seen happening worldwide have motivated me to want to do something, to bring us back to more values-based decision-making,” said Vaughn, Miami University’s director of the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution. “I think it impacts young people, and I think it has tremendous impact when we make decisions that are values-based.”

You can follow Susan Vaughn's campaign on Facebook.