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LaRose Joins Race For Secretary of State

Andy Chow
Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) talks about officially joining the race for Secretary of State in 2018.

Just a day after the first Democrat entered the race, a second Republican announced he’ll run for Secretary of State. That potentially sets up a tough primary between two established lawmakers.

Republican Senator Frank LaRose of the Akron area had been expected to join the race for weeks. He’s focused on elections issues in the Senate, perhaps most notably passing online voter registration.

LaRose’s candidacy could set up a challenging primary fight with Representative Dorothy Pelanda of Marysville, who was the first in the race in March.

“Competition sharpens our edge and makes us better at what we do so I embrace that if that comes, I hope to avoid it. As far as what I think about the representative, I think she’s a good woman, a dedicated public servant, I wouldn’t have anything bad to say about her.”

LaRose says he’d consider cutting back some weekend voting hours to give relief to county boards of elections. He’d also like to modernize the election database to stay up to date on voter rolls.

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