Republican Yost defeats Carney in auditor’s race

Auditor of State: Dave Yost

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Dave Yost has defeated Democrat John Patrick Carney to win a second term as Ohio’s state auditor.

Yost had been seen as one of the year’s most vulnerable incumbents, after winning by a narrow margin four years ago.

He elevated the office’s profile during his four-year term through efforts to audit Republican Gov. John Kasich’s privatized job-creation office, JobsOhio, and through a statewide investigation of potential attendance tampering at public schools across Ohio.

Carney, a state representative from Columbus, called Yost’s enforcement efforts against publicly funded charter schools too weak.

At the same time, he touted his own legislative record as one of bipartisan cooperation and said he would bring that same spirit to the auditor’s office.

Yost is a lawyer and a former county prosecutor and journalist.

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