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GOP state treasurer candidate launches his first TV ad of the campaign

(March 26, 2018) — In his first televised campaign advertisement, GOP state treasurer candidate Robert Sprague makes no mention of his opponent.

Instead, the 30-second ad, “Safe with Sprague,” focuses mainly on the Findlay state representative’s business career and conservatism, citing his work with “one of the world’s best accounting firms” as one of his qualifications for the treasury position. According to his campaign website, Sprague worked with Ernst and Young, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms, as a management consultant before becoming involved with politics.

“The Ohio treasury holds billions of dollars, and it belongs to you, taxpayers,” the ad’s narrator states over patriotic images. “Protect it with Robert Sprague.”

The ad makes little mention of Sprague’s legislative career, aside from the “Watchdog of the Treasury” award he received from United Conservatives in Ohio.

Sprague has been a member of the Ohio House since 2011, when he was appointed to fill Cliff Hite’s vacated seat. Before serving in the legislature, Sprague was the treasurer and auditor of the city of Findlay.

Sprague is running against Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O’Brien for the Republican nomination. Democrat Rob Richardson is unopposed.