2018 Election Endorsed Candidates

For governor: Mike DeWine

Mike DeWine has a substantial body of pro-business decisions during his time as an elected official. His tenure as Ohio Attorney General has been no different. Along with his running mate Jon Husted, DeWine is committed to making Ohio the best state in the Midwest to do business.

For attorney general: Dave Yost

As Ohio’s chief defender of laws, OCCPAC believes Dave Yost will resist the judicial activism seen by other state attorneys general across the country to give employers more confidence in Ohio’s legal system. Yost recognizes that free enterprise and economic growth depend upon a stable, predictable business environment and is therefore dedicated to maintaining the rule of law and applying it with an even hand.

For secretary of state: Frank LaRose

Frank LaRose is the right candidate to continue building upon the successful modernization efforts of the office of secretary of state. During his time in the Ohio Senate, he was a champion of regulatory reform and was twice endorsed for those efforts by OCCPAC. In addition, LaRose has compiled an excellent 88 percent lifetime pro-business voting record during his time in the Ohio legislature.

For Ohio Supreme Court: Justice Mary DeGenaro

Justice DeGenaro’s judicial philosophy is to stay within her limited role to interpret the law, not rewrite statutes or add to the common law unnecessarily. Her experience gained on the Seventh District Court of Appeals will continue to serve her well in our state’s highest court.

For Ohio Supreme Court: Judge Craig Baldwin

During his time as an appeals court judge, Craig Baldwin authored a variety of opinions that resulted in valid yet favorable decisions in important areas of law impacting employers. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Baldwin spent approximately ten years in private practice representing primarily business clients. He will add to the Ohio Supreme Court’s recent tradition of providing a fair and predictable business climate for Ohio employers.


General Assembly Endorsements:

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (OCCPAC) has endorsed 75 Ohio General Assembly candidates for the 2018 General Election. Of those candidates, 64 are running for seats in the Ohio House of Representatives and 11 are running for seats in the Ohio Senate. To view the full list, click here.


Voting Information:

For all voting information including registering to vote, obtaining an absentee ballot, polling locations, etc., visit MyVoteOhio.com.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline to register, October 9, 2018
  • Absentee voting by mail starts October 10, 2018.
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot is November 3, 2018.
  • Absentee ballots MUST be postmarked by November 5, 2018.
  • Early in-person voting starts October 10, 2018, at the county board of elections designated voting locations. These locations will be open the following dates & times:
    • October 10-12, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • October 22-26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • October 27 (Saturday), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • October 29 – November 2, 8 a.m to 7 p.m.
    • November 3 (Saturday), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • November 4 (Sunday), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • November 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Election Day November 6 vote at your assigned polling location from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.