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Maryellen O'Shaughnessy

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Maryellen O'Shaughnessy
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Franklin Co. Clerk of Courts
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Secretary of State 2010 elections
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Candidates for Secretary of State, 2010

Polls, 2010 Secretary of State elections

2010 Election information
Primary election dates
Statewide elections, 2010
November 2nd General Election results

National Association of Secretaries of State

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State Executive Official news headlines
Maryellen O'Shaughnessy is the Democratic Clerk of Courts for Franklin County. On February 1, 2010, she announced her candidacy for the office of secretary of state, the seat vacated by Democrat Jennifer Brunner, who ran for the United States Senate.[1] Nine months later, however, O'Shaughnessy lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 to Republican State Senator Jon Husted after receiving slightly over forty-one percent of the vote.


  • Graduated from Bishop Watterson High School
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, Ohio State University

Political career

O'Shaughnessy was elected three times as a member of the Columbus City Council and served as the Council's Labor Liaison, writing legislation that required the city's contractors and vendors to meet the basic needs of the city's workers.

Other roles

  • Chair, Public Service and Transportation Committee on the Columbus City Council
  • Former Chair, Utilities Committee on the Columbus City Council


Secretary of State Project

See also: Secretary of State Project

In 2010, O'Shaughnessy received the endorsement and, most likely, the financial assistance of the Secretary of State Project, a below-the-radar 527 political organization whose purpose is to "wrestling control of the country from the Republican Party" through the process of "removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count," namely the office of Secretary of State in many cases.[2][3]



See also: Ohio Secretary of State election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary
  • Maryellen O'Shaughnessy ran unopposed in this contest

On November 2, 2010, Jon Husted won election to the office of Ohio Secretary of State. He defeated Maryellen O'Shaughnessy (D) and Charles Earl (L) in the general election.

Ohio Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Husted 53.7% 2,013,674
     Democratic Maryellen O'Shaughnessy 41.5% 1,555,705
     Libertarian Charles Earl 4.9% 182,977
Total Votes 3,752,356
Election Results Via: Ohio Secretary of State


2005 Race for Columbus City Council - General Election[4]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Maryellen O'Shaughnessy 24.1%
Green check mark.jpg Kevin L. Boyce 23.4%
Green check mark.jpg Mary Jo Hudson 21.2%
Green check mark.jpg Alisia Clark 12%
Phil Harmon 10.6%
Eddie Pauline 8.7%
Total votes 270,937


2000 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 12 - Democratic Primary[5]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Maryellen O'Shaughnessy (D) 78.5%
Edward Brown (D) 14.2%
Ralph Applegate (D) 7.3%
Total votes 34,451
2000 Race for United States House of Representatives, District 12 - General Election[6]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Pat Tiberi (R) 52.9%
Maryellen O'Shaughnessy (D) 43.8%
Nick Hogan (Libertarian) 1.7%
Gregory Richey (N) 1.0%
Charles Jordan 0.6%
Total votes 263,386

Campaign contributions


According to Follow the Money, O'Shaughnessy raised $778,452 in 2010 for her secretary of state campaign.[7]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Ohio Democratic Party $262,238
SEIU Healthcare - District 1199 $27,790
Ohio Civil Service Employees Association Local 11 $22,791
AFSCME $22,790
Ohio State Auto Workers $22,790

Contact information

Campaign Address:


O'Shaughnessy for Ohio
P.O. Box 6358
Columbus, OH 43206

See also

External links

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