Name: Robert Sprague
City of Residence: Findlay, Ohio
Party Affiliation: Republican
Office Sought: Ohio Treasurer
Election Website: https://spragueforohio.com
Why should you be elected?
I am running for Treasurer because I want to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of Ohioans. As Treasurer, I will lead with the experience and knowledge gained from a strong finance-based education, a successful career in the private sector and public policy expertise at the local and state government levels. With global experience in private investment and management consulting, a degree from Duke University and an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of North Carolina, I believe that my professional experience and education make me uniquely qualified to safeguard our treasury and manage our state’s investments.
Furthermore, I have a fully formed vision to transform the Office of the Treasurer into a tool to address some of Ohio’s most pressing problems. I not only have the experience and knowledge necessary to expertly execute the core duties of the Office, but the passion and determination to do so much more.
Top Three Priorities:
I’ve developed my platform by identifying the biggest challenges facing the state and then determining how the Treasurer can make a difference.
First, I plan to pioneer the use of social impact bonds (SIBs) in Ohio to help fight the opiate epidemic, infant mortality and other societal ills. SIBs foster partnerships between the public and private sectors, where the private market develops new programs, but the public sector only pays if the new programs can be proven to deliver results.
Second, I believe the Treasurer can play an important role in curbing student loan debt by working to improve financial literacy courses so young adults understand the financial consequences of their choices before these major life decisions are made.
Third, I plan to expand the scope and capabilities of Ohio’s Online Checkbook program to help taxpayers better identify government efficiencies (or inefficiencies). I encourage readers to visit SpragueForOhio.com/vision to find a more detailed overview of my plans for the office.
Robert Sprague is running for Treasurer of State and will bring the type of ethical, innovative, problem-solving leadership to the office that Ohioans deserve.
Robert’s professional experience and finance-focused education make him uniquely qualified to serve as Treasurer of State. He earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University and an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of North Carolina, where he graduated 7th in his class. In his private sector career, Robert served as a management consultant for Ernst and Young, advising companies worldwide on complex business matters, before owning and operating his own consulting firm.
As Findlay City Treasurer and Auditor, Robert balanced city budgets and helped finance a massive recovery effort after historic floods and the 2008 economic crash ravaged the city. Robert also helped Findlay improve its credit rating, lower its debt service costs and created the first annual financial report to help people better understand city finances.
In the Ohio House of Representatives, Robert led the effort to combat our state’s deadly opioid epidemic by working with law enforcement, community leaders and doctors to prevent prescription drug diversion, curb overdose deaths and improve our treatment systems. Robert also voted for $5 billion in tax cuts, eliminated an $8 billion budget deficit without raising taxes and ended numerous rules and regulations cramping job creation. Under Robert’s leadership, Ohio has created 450,000 new jobs and counting, but he knows there is more work to be done to ensure a strong financial future for our families.
Robert’s qualifications for the office of Treasurer are unparalleled and he can be trusted to execute these responsibilities with an incomparable level of understanding and professionalism in service to the people of Ohio.
Robert currently resides in his hometown of Findlay with his wife, Amanda, and their five
children, Cole, Davis, Graham, Tate, and Mary Hannah.