Josh Mandel (b. September 27, 1977) is Ohio's State Treasurer and is the conservative candidate running against incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown in the 2012 general election. Mandel is an Iraq War veteran who served eight years in the Marine Corps Reserves, where he was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal. In addition to serving as State Treasurer, he served three years as a city councilman, and four years as a state legislator. Mandel has the support of Senator Jim Demint and the Senate Conservatives Fund as well as the Club for Growth, Ohio Right to Life PAC, Mark Levin and Erick Erickson of RedState. As of October 2011, Mandel has $3.25 million on hand, $1.5 million coming in during the last quarter. 
"When Josh ran for State Representative, he knocked on 19,679 doors and wore out three pairs of shoes listening to citizens." 
Mandel won 62% of the vote against 5 candidates on Super Tuesday.
- Ohio: Pro-Life Josh Mandel to Face Pro-Abortion Sherrod Brown, LifeNews.com, October 27, 2011