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.
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.