Auditor Dave Yost announces run for Ohio attorney general

The Columbus Dispatch | Randy Ludlow

As long expected, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost has announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for attorney general in 2018.

“As a former prosecutor, and as your auditor of state, I have fought to find the truth and to bring forth justice,” Yost said in a Tuesday statement. “I will continue that fight as your attorney general – in the courts or in city hall, from the streets to the Statehouse.”

Yost, a lawyer who served eight years as Delaware County prosecutor, has yearned for a return to the law – and law enforcement. “I feel as if I’ve prepared my whole life for this job,” Yost said.

Yost said his top priorities as attorney general would include fighting human trafficking, the opioid epidemic and supporting law-enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.

Yost filed his 2016 annual campaign-finance report Tuesday morning – a week ahead of the deadline – after dropping hints of an announcement on his Facebook page Monday night.

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