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Former state senator's petition to run for Clerk of Courts rejected
Former Sen. Kevin Coughlin plans to sue after the Summit County Board of Elections rejected his position to run for clerkship

Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin says he was denied from running for Stow Municipal Clerk of Courts for purely political reasons.
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Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin says he is going to sue the Summit County Board of Elections for blocking his run for Stow Municipal Clerk of Courts.

The Board rejected his nominating petitions today because he is running as a nonpartisan candidate without giving up his Republican party affiliation. But Coughlin says this is allowed for clerk positions.

He says the move was purely political.


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“Neither political party here in Summit County wants to face me on Election Day," Coughlin says. "They know I will win this election. They know that I’m going to modernize the court, that I’m going to professionalize the court and I’m not going to listen to any party bosses on who to hire or how to operate the courthouse. It should be a party-free zone. They’re afraid of that. They know I’ll win. They know that’s what I’ll do and so what they did today was get together and just deny me a spot on the ballot."

Coughlin says his next step is going to the Court of Appeals, which he hopes will order the Board of Elections to put him on the ballot.

Election board members could not be reached for comment. All county boards are made up of two Democrats and two Republicans.

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