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Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin sues Summit County Board of Elections
Coughlin says he was illegally kept out of the Stow Municipal Clerk of Courts race
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin says the board denied his petition run due to politics, not the law.
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Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin filed a lawsuit against the Summit County Board of Elections with the Ohio Supreme Court today.

Last month, the elections board rejected Coughlin’s petition to run for Stow Municipal Clerk of Courts.

Coughlin says the board did not officially say why they rejected him. But during a meeting, members seemed to suggest he had to have run in the spring GOP primary because he has been affiliated with the Republican Party.

But Coughlin says candidates for court office can also file as non-partisans. He noted the board allowed that for a Republican running for judge.

Coughlin says he has being targeted.

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“Even though it’s non-partisan, the Democrats hold the office," Coughlin says. "They don’t want to lose and they think they might [lose] if I’m running and the Republican Party here in Summit County knows they cannot win the office if I’m a candidate. So, it’s in their best interest to get together and try to keep me off the ballot, but the problem with that is, they broke the law in doing it.”

Summit County’s elections board, like all 87 others in Ohio, is made up of two Democrats and two Republicans. The Summit County Board of Elections declined to comment.

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