- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Republican Josh Mandel (man-DEHL’) has defeated Democratic state Rep. Connie Pillich for a second term as Ohio’s treasurer.

Mandel successfully campaigned on his accomplishments of investing safely and cutting office costs. His win Tuesday came in one of the year’s most competitive contests.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown had defeated Mandel two years ago after a bruising campaign. Revelations during that race that Mandel hired friends into state jobs and repeatedly failed to attend meetings of a key board he chaired contributed to his loss and were seen as advantageous to Pillich.

But Mandel, of suburban Cleveland, outraised Pillich and used the money to run more than 1,500 ads - many showcasing his service in the U.S. Marines and home life with his young family.

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