Canton Repository – Canton native Mingo aiming for statewide recognition

Clarence E. Mingo II has established name recognition in Ohio’s most populous county as Franklin County auditor.

That’s given him a solid base to run as a Republican next year for Ohio state treasurer to succeed Republican Josh Mandel, who’s running again for the U.S. Senate.

But like the other two candidates in the race, he faces the challenge of raising his profile in Ohio’s 87 other counties, including Stark where grew up and graduated from McKinley High in 1990.

As he touts his abilities to voters throughout the state, Mingo, 45, indicated that his Canton roots will be a key part of the story about himself that he will share on the campaign trail. He recently returned for the funeral of his father Clarence Mingo, Sr., who died last month after moving to Franklin County with Mingo’s mother to be with their son in 2007.

“I am who I am because of those 18 years of my life I spent in Canton,” said Mingo, who added that he visits frequently. “I may not live there, but it’s a permanent part of my life. Whether I’m there or not, it’s very much part of my future.”

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