From being a mother of two, a wife, a lawyer, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and a veteran of the United States Air Force, Connie Pillich leads a busy life — and now she is looking to take on even more challenges. As she reaches the end of her third term in the House, Pillich is running for treasurer of the State of Ohio against incumbent Josh Mandel.
As the youngest of five children in her family, Pillich learned to work hard to be able to put herself through college. She achieved this by working-part time and earning scholarships. Though her dedication, Pillich earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma, followed by a master’s in business administration from the University of North Dakota. In 1998, Pillich graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a law degree and proceeded to open up her own law firm.
Following this, she served as in the United States Air Force for eight years, eventually working her way up to the rank of captain. Pillich also earned the honor of Officer of the Year and was a three-time recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal. After her time in the Air Force, Pillich had two children, Kayla and Tallin, and served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives for District 28, in the Cincinnati area.
Pillich was first elected into the House of Representatives in 2008 over Republican opponent Virgil Lovitt.
During her first two-year term, she served on the Alternative Energy Committee, the Criminal Justice Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee. During the rest of her time in the Ohio House of Representatives, she served on many of the same committees. She was re-elected for her last two terms over opponent Mike Wilson of the Cincinnati Tea Party. As her term in the House of Representatives nears its end, she hopes to win her next election and become the Treasurer of the State of Ohio.
Although Pillich was unavailable for an interview, her campaign has published press releases that include her ideas and platform for her campaign. On May 20, 2013, when she officially announced her campaign, she stated, “I’m running for Treasurer because working families, small business owners and seniors need someone who will fight for them. Ohioans deserve a Treasurer who will do the job she was elected to do and will make sure our tax dollars are protected and used wisely.“
Sara Schiavoni of the political science department at John Carroll said in an interview that she thinks the race between Mandel and Pillich, “is going to be the closest of the state-wide races.” Many sources support this prediction of a close race. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, a poll was released in August by Public Policy Polling, which showed Pillich was slightly favored over her Republican opponent. In a close race, Pillich led 40 percent to Mandel’s 35 percent, while the rest of the voters were undecided.
Another professor of political science at John Carroll, Colin Swearingen, agreed with what Schiavoni had to say about Pillich. “People genuinely like her, she is confident, intelligent, and hardworking, but she has to work hard to get her name recognized,” Swearingen said. “She has campaigned hard but Mandel has been able to raise millions of dollars and he is much more well known.” He also predicted that the race for treasurer would be close.
Pillich has been endorsed by the editorial boards of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cleveland’s Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group.