Ohio AG candidates square off at the City Club

(Cleveland) - The first Ohio Attorney General debate between former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steve Dettelbach and Auditor of State Dave Yost was held at the Cleveland City Club today. 

Both candidates sparred back and forth on several issues, including the opioid epidemic, bipartisanship, and the ECOT scandal. They also accused each other of being career politicians. 

The office of the Attorney General was first created by the Ohio General Assembly by statute in 1846. 

The attorney general's principal duties were to give legal advice to the state government, to represent the state in legal matters, and to advise the state's county prosecutors. 

Originally, the attorney general was appointed by the legislature. With the adoption of Ohio's second constitution in 1851, the attorney general became an elected office. 

Dave Yost graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. degree in Journalism. He became a journalist with the Columbus Citizen-Journal. Yost  went on to serve in senior positions within the administrations of Columbus Mayor Buck Rinehart and Ohio Governor George Voinovich. 

Yost then earned a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. 

Steve Dettelbach graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988. He then studied at Harvard Law School 1988-1991. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Stanley Sporkin of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 

From 2003 to 2006, Dettelbach was an assistant U.S. Attorney in Cleveland, working on the Organized Crime and Corruption Task Force.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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Ohio AG Debate - Dettelbach vs Yost

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