Josh Mandel (born September 27, 1977) is Ohio's former State Treasurer who has twice run unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate, and in 2022 is running a third time against the Trump-endorsed J.D. Vance and other GOP candidates.
Mandel represents the failed and declining Mike Pence-wing of the Republican Party, rather than conservative populism made successful by Trump. A Mandel ally desperately urges people to boycott or boo at the Trump rally in Ohio on April 23, 2022:
- “Ohio Value Voters urges Ohioans to boycott the Trump Rally in Delaware County this Saturday, April 23rd. However, [if] you decide to attend, when President Trump introduces JD Vance, make your voices heard by letting Trump know, JD Vance is Wrong for Ohio. Booing is entirely appropriate!”
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 had support from "Conservative Inc." types, such as the Club for Growth which has been dubbed the "Club for Chinese Growth."
"When Josh ran for State Representative, he knocked on 19,679 doors and wore out three pairs of shoes listening to citizens."