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Published: Wednesday, 3/10/2010

Elections board OKs 2 GOP write-in candidates

BY TOM TROY
BLADE POLITICS WRITER

Two Republican write-in candidates will get a chance to run against two Democrats previously running unopposed for county auditor and State House District 48, following certification yesterday by the Lucas County Board of Elections.

The board also approved 126 write-in candidates for the Republican and Democratic central committees in the May 4 election.

Carolyn Eyre of Toledo will run as a write-in candidate for the 48th House District, and Norm Witzler of Waterville will be a write-in for the post of Lucas County auditor.

As write-ins, each must get at least 50 write-in votes in the May 4 primary to be identified by name and party on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez, a Democrat, faces no other opposition on the primary ballot for her re-election bid.

And in the 48th District, Democratic Toledo City Councilman Michael Ashford faces no other opposition in his bid to succeed incumbent Rep. Edna Brown (D., Toledo), who is prohibited by term limits from seeking re-election. The district is in central Toledo.

Both Mr. Witzler and Ms. Eyre have run for the same offices before.

In 1998, Mr. Witzler was the Democratic nominee for auditor, losing to Republican incumbent Larry Kaczala. He is also a former Waterville village councilman.

Ms. Eyre, a Toledo minister, was defeated when she ran against Ms. Brown in 2008. Ms. Brown received nearly 90 percent of the vote.

The elections board scheduled a protest hearing requested by allies of Jon Stainbrook, Lucas County Republican Party chairman, against five write-in candidates.

The candidates are Mark Kidman (Sylvania Precinct 3), Daniel Angel (Toledo 17D), Cassandra Morrissey (Toledo 9L), Gloria Dawson (Toledo 11A), and Diana Talmage (Ottawa Hills 2).

Mr. Stainbrook is competing for control of the Republican Party Central Committee with Toledo lawyer Jeff Simpson. The central committee, which is chosen in the May 4 elections with representation from each county precinct, elects the party chairman.

The hearing will be at 1:15 p.m. Monday.

The letters of protest cite the Ohio Revised Code in arguing that candidates who have already filed petitions for the ballot and been denied certification for various reasons cannot refile for the same office.

Linda Howe, executive director of the board of elections, said the board was advised by the Ohio secretary of state that it could accept the write-in candidates.



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