Coughlin's petitions for Stow Muni clerk of courts post denied certification

by Marsha mckenna | senior editor Published:

Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin's plans to run for Clerk of Court of the Stow Municipal Court were derailed as the Summit County Board of Elections unanimously voted against certifying his petitions Monday.

Coughlin, a Republican, had filed his petitions by the deadline to be a non-partisan candidate in the November election.

Cuyahoga Falls resident Don Nelsch had filed a challenge to the filing, claiming Coughlin's history as a Republican caused his assertation to be a non-partisan candidate to be "not made in good faith and is inconsistent with established standards for independent and non-partisan candidates."

"Today the members of board of elections abused their power and disregarded the law to deny my legal right to run for office," Coughlin said in a released statement. "This issue is far from over. I will immediately seek a court order forcing the [board of elections] to certify my petitions.

Nelsch said after the meeting he was "satisfied with the board's decision."

Munroe Falls Mayor Frank Larson is the Republican candidate for Clerk of Court; current Clerk of Court Diana Colavecchio is running on the Democratic ticket. She had been appointed to the post earlier this year.

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