COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Ohio Treasurer of State Josh Mandel is withdrawing from the race for US Senate.
In a statement to supporters Friday, Mandel cited the health of his wife in the decision. "We recently learned that my wife has a health issue that will require my time, attention and presence. In other words, I need to be there.Understanding and dealing with this health issue is more important to me than any political campaign. For as long as that takes, whether it is months or years, it is important that I heed my dad’s advice and be there for my wife and our kids."
Republican Mandel was first elected State Treasurer in 2010, and challenged Sherrod Brown for his Senate seat in 2012, losing by 6 points.
Mandel won re-election as Treasurer of State in 2014, and is term-limited out this year.
"I will continue to serve out the remainder of my term as State Treasurer and hope to have the opportunity to serve my state and country again in the future. But in the meantime, I must put my family first. I’m grateful for your understanding," Mandel added.
His departure currently leaves political newcomer Mike Gibbons in the race on the GOP side. The winner of the Republican primary in May will face Sherrod Brown in November.