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Secretary Husted Announces Official Title for State Issue 1, Certifies Official Form of 2018 General Election Ballot

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the official title for State Issue 1 that will be before voters in the November General Election. Additionally, Secretary Husted certified the official form of the ballot for the 2018 General Election.

The initiative’s official title will appear on the ballot as follows:

“To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs”

Ohio Revised Code Section 3501.05 grants the secretary of state sole authority to assign titles for statewide ballot initiatives.

The full texts of arguments and explanations concerning State Issue 1 are available online at

Additionally, in accordance with Section 3513.05 of the Ohio Revised Code, Secretary Husted has certified the official form of the ballot for the 2018 General Election ballot, which must be done by the 70th day before the general election.

The official form of the ballot includes the names of all candidates who have qualified to run for statewide office. While included in the list below for reference, names of write-in candidates do not appear on the ballot.

For Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Democratic Party
• Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton
Green Party
• Constance Gadell-Newton and Brett R. Joseph
Libertarian Party
• Travis M. Irvine and J. Todd Grayson
Republican Party
• Mike DeWine and Jon Husted
• Rebecca Ayers and Anthony Durgans
• Richard Duncan and Dennis A. Artino
• Renea Turner and Keith Colton

For Attorney General
Democratic Party
• Steve Dettelbach
Republican Party
• Dave Yost

For Auditor of State
Democratic Party
• Zack Space
Libertarian Party
• Robert C. Coogan
Republican Party
• Keith Faber

For Secretary of State
Democratic Party
• Kathleen Clyde
Libertarian Party
• Dustin R. Nanna
Republican Party
• Frank LaRose
• Michael W. Bradley

For Treasurer of State
Democratic Party
• Rob Richardson
Republican Party
• Robert Sprague

For United States Senate
Democratic Party
• Sherrod Brown
Republican Party
• Jim Renacci
• Stephen Faris

For Justice of the Supreme Court (Full Term Commencing 1/1/19)
Democratic Party
• Michael P. Donnelly
Republican Party
• Craig Baldwin

For Justice of the Supreme Court (Full Term Commencing 1/2/19)
Democratic Party
• Melody J. Stewart
Republican Party
• Mary DeGenaro

A full list of statewide, congressional, court of appeals, general assembly and state board of education candidates will be available for download on the secretary of state's website in the near future.

Candidates for local office are certified by the county boards of elections.

The 2018 General Election will be held on November 6, 2018.

Additional Information about State Issue 1:
Proposed Amendment for Issue 1
Certified Ballot Language for Issue 1
Argument/Explanation for Issue 1
Argument/Explanation Against Issue 1
Initiated Constitutional Amendment Process

Additional Information about the 2018 General Election:
Directive 2018-28: Ballot and Candidates for November 6, 2018 General Election
2018 Election Calendar

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