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Faber Announces Candidacy for Auditor of State

From The Columbus Dispatch:

Confirming what he called “the worst-kept secret in Ohio politics,” Keith Faber said this afternoon he is running for the Republican nomination for state auditor in 2018.

The former Ohio Senate president from Mercer County told The Dispatch that his candidacy seeks to continue a “career in government that has been dedicated to promoting efficiency and effectiveness in government.”

Faber’s service in the Senate included four years as president, with eight-year term limits prompting him to seek and win election last fall to a seat in the House, where he formerly served six years.

Current Auditor Dave Yost has announced he is running for attorney general as term limits force all GOP statewide executive officeholders to look for new landing spots.

Faber said he wants to parlay his legislative experience into initiatives as auditor to ensure the effectiveness of local governments and “make sure elected officials and government officials who are up to no good are rooted out and taken care of.”

Faber said he is a major proponent of efficiency audits that suggest ways governments can operate more efficiently and save taxpayer dollars. Legislation recently extended those audits to public colleges and universities.

The lawyer from Celina also wants to use the auditor’s office to promote transparency and compliance with public-records laws and would pursue a program in which governmental entities would be requested to place their most-requested records online for easy access.

Last year, Faber wrote and sponsored legislation that led to a cheap-and-easy public-records complaint and mediation program before the Ohio Court of Claims to expand citizen access to government records.

Faber said he is rounding up endorsements and commitments for campaign cash and expects to raise the funds needed to run a competitive statewide race. His campaign finance account held a balance of $645,065 in a report filed in mid-December.

“I have a good track record raising money,” Faber said. “I’m very comfortable with the level of support we will achieve throughout the state.”

No other Republicans apparently are currently considering a run for state auditor. A Democratic favorite also has failed to emerge.

Faber was a supporter of Gov. John Kasich’s failed bid for the GOP presidential nomination before becoming a Donald Trump supporter and speaking on the undercard at Trump rallies.

Senator Faber Announces District Office Hours

COLUMBUS – Senate President Keith Faber  invites residents to attend his district office hours on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Faber represents the 12th State Senate District, encompassing all of Allen, Champaign, Mercer, and Shelby Counties as well as portions of Auglaize, Darke and Logan Counties.

Either Faber or a member of his staff will be available at the following locations. No appointment is necessary. Please call, 614-466-7584 for more information.

10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lima Public Library
650 West Market Street
Lima, OH 45801

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
St. Marys Community Public Library
140 South Chestnut Street
Saint Marys, OH 45885

The Senate Report, Dec 7-11, 2015

This week the Senate says, “Happy Birthday!” to Brutus Buckeye.
We salute Youngstown State University’s very first Rhodes Scholar, and introduce a bill to protect young athletes from sudden cardiac arrest.

Keith’s Keepers

Every week I’d like to share a few of the articles I read over the last seven days with you. I hope to share articles Ohioans can use as resources in their day-to-day lives, as well as provide some insight into my work in Columbus.

If you’re ever interested in discussing one of the pieces I share, or you’d like to recommend one, I’d love to hear from you! As always, feel free to shoot me an email at [email protected].

Six things you missed in Gov. Kasich’s inauguration from the Telegraph Forum
It was an honor to be included in Gov. Kasich’s inauguration. I commend the work he’s done to help the people of Ohio during his time in office and look forward to continuing to work with him over the next two years. (By the way, Chrissie’s right – the Central State University Chorus really was amazing!)

The 7 best Ohio newspaper front pages after the Buckeyes’ title (and the SI cover!) from SB Nation
GO BUCKS! (Need I say more?)

Ohio General Assembly faces big questions from the Columbus Dispatch
Jim raises some good questions, and I’ll address a few here. I’ve always enjoyed working with my counterparts in the Ohio State House and look forward to continuing that work with newly-elected Speaker Rosenberger. I’m excited to hearing his fresh thoughts and ideas. As for education, I believe the federal government needs to get out of our classrooms. Local parents and teachers know what is best for their students and should be empowered to make decisions that will benefit them.