Meet the young conservative running against a Democrat senator in Ohio

Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel
Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel

Although Republicans have the House, Senate and White House now, there are still a lot of very liberal senators who need to be defeated in 2018. In Ohio, there is a very liberal and very old senator named Sherrod Brown who faces a challenge from a much young conservative candidate.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Josh Mandel, Ohio’s 39-year-old Republican state treasurer, is making his second attempt to unseat Democrat Sherrod Brown in the U.S. Senate by running as a conservative and defender of the Constitution.

Mandel, a former Marine who served as a state representative before winning election to two terms as state treasurer, spoke with the Washington Free Beacon about his 2018 campaign to “transfer the power from the politicians to the people.”

Among Mandel’s goals as a senator would be instituting term limits to “clean out” veteran politicians who have stayed too long in Washington, torching political correctness in the fight against Islamic extremism, and rolling back federal government regulations that have squeezed entrepreneurs and small businesses. He is also passionate about enforcing immigration laws and protecting Ohio’s oil, gas, and coal industries.

“I think that everyday taxpayers are fed up with the feeling that Washington is rigged on behalf of special interests and lobbyists and I think there is a hunger for a new generation of leaders to come shake this place up,” Mandel said in Washington, D.C., just blocks from the U.S. Capitol building.

The 2018 Senate race will pit the young conservative against Brown, a liberal politician 30 years Mandel’s senior who has been in Washington for more than two decades. The way Mandel sees it, Ohio voters will have a clear choice between a veteran politician who has stayed in Washington to “do well” and a leader from the next generation who is unafraid of standing up for conservative principles.

“I think the voters of Ohio are going to have a choice of do they want someone who ran on term limits and then changed [his] mind so he could spend his entire adult life in Washington like Sherrod Brown, or someone like me who is going to come here to Washington, do as much good as possible, and then go home and live under the budget and laws that I created,” Mandel said.

[…]The young Republican likely faces a fierce battle against Brown, who he unsuccessfully challenged in 2012. Brown defeated Mandel by six points to win reelection to the U.S. Senate.

Brown has served in the Senate since 2007 and represented Ohio’s 13th district in Congress for 13 years before that. The Democrat has had a long career in politics, serving as Ohio’s secretary of state and a member of the state’s general assembly before coming to Washington.


When asked about his accomplishments as state treasurer, Mandel pointed to his work releasing the Ohio checkbook online, which gives taxpayers a look at how the state spends its money, and improving Ohio’s rating on government transparency. Mandel also helped dig the state out of an $8 billion budget hole; Ohio’s finances have moved from 43rd to 7th in national rankings since 2011.

Under Obama (and Sherrod Brown), the US national debt went from $10 trillion to $20 trillion in 8 years.

Here is Mandel’s 2018 Senate race ad:

Sherrod Brown has a conservative rating of 7% from Heritage Action. Ohio is a purple state. I think Ohio can do better than 7% in 2018.

One thought on “Meet the young conservative running against a Democrat senator in Ohio”

  1. While he certainly compels interest, term limits is an empty position as far as I’m concerned. I wouldn’t challenge presidential terms limits, as it is, in my opinion, deeply entrenched and in today’s political/ideological climate, best left alone. But to impose it on Congressional selections does not return power to the people. It simply alters it. The issue isn’t that bad politicians stay too long. It’s that the people who vote don’t remove them when they’ve proven they are ineffective and self-serving.

    If a politician has proven to me that he can do the job well (by defending the Constitution and properly–in my opinion–apply its principles and that of conservatism), and is willing to continue serving, then I want the opportunity to continue voting for him and having him re-elected. There are better ways of preventing the type of abuse of power that drives way too many to pretend term limits are a sensible solution:

    1. Speak politically the same way as Christianity…in terms of apologetics. Conservative principles are not properly shared. As people come to better understand what conservatism is, they will naturally seek out those who best represent those principles.

    2. Lobby to change the benefits attached to being a politician. Health care, as one example, must be no different than what is provided for the citizen. That is, if we’re stuck with Obamacare, they too must be. They cannot be exempted from the laws they enact. Pay and pension must be changed to do little more than provide for basic expenses so that the job isn’t seen as a means by which it is seen as a career preferred over the private sector. That is, it can’t be an incentive to compel them to remain over the desire to serve.

    These are broad suggestions, but the point is that we, the people, are the only term limits there should be. If the people aren’t concerned enough to pay attention and remove ineffective legislators, then term limits will only replace existing bad apples with different bad apples. Those who support an Obama, regardless of what he’s done, will choose a Hillary Clinton. Term limits simply won’t result in the fix proponents believe it will.


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