Brigid Kelly, the Norwood Democrat in her third term at Ohio House, made it official on Tuesday – she will run next year for the Hamilton County Auditor’s office, held by Dusty Rhodes of Delhi Township for 32 years.
And it will apparently try with the support of Rhodes, a Conservative Democrat who announced last week that he will no longer run for election.
Kelly is nowhere near as conservative as Rhodes, but Rhodes previously told WVXU that Kelly, a Xavier graduate and former Norwood City Council member, would be a good choice for him.
“She’s as honest as the day is long,” said Rhodes of Kelly.
Kelly, who also works for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, will be giving up a fourth and final term at the Ohio House to run for a county examiner.
“I am running as a chartered accountant as a consumer watchdog for the people of Hamilton County,” Kelly said in a prepared statement.
She has never run for nationwide office, but her 31st Ohio House District encompasses much of Hamilton County, including Amberley Village, Clifton, Corryville, CUF, East Walnut Hills, Oakley, Silverton, St. Bernard and parts of Avondale. Hyde Park, Mt. Auburn, Northside and Walnut Hills.
Republican party officials see Rhodes’ resignation as an opportunity to take back an office they held for decades until Rhodes took office after a Republican scandal.