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Rep. Kelly to campaign for Hamilton County auditor

By: - July 27, 2021 4:09 pm

State Rep. Brigid Kelly, D-Cincinnati. Photo from Ohio House website.

A Cincinnati lawmaker has announced her candidacy for Hamilton County auditor .

State Rep. Brigid Kelly, a Democrat, said she is vying for the auditor in 2022 after having spent the past five years fighting “for what matters most at the Statehouse.”

“The auditor is supposed to be our local consumer watchdog, and that is exactly what I’ll be,” Kelly said in her announcement video. 

Dusty Rhodes, the Democratic incumbent, recently announced he would not be seeking a third term in office. 

Kelly is currently in her third two-year term representing the 31st District in the Cincinnati area. 

She joins several other sitting state lawmakers who are campaigning for an elected office away from Capitol Square. 

Four are running for the open 15th Congressional District seat in an upcoming special election: Rep. C. Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington; Sen. Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard; Rep. Jeff LaRe, R-Violet Twp.; and Sen. Bob Peterson, R-Washington Court House. (Rep. Brian Stewart, R-Ashville, was a candidate before withdrawing from the race.)



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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.