Sunday, Dec 11, 2016
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio

State

Ohio court sides with senator on residency

COLUMBUS - State Sen. Jon Husted is indeed a Dayton-area resident for voting purposes, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday, overturning a decision by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

Mr. Husted, a Republican lawmaker who is running for secretary of state next year, spends most of his time living in suburban Columbus, where his wife owns a house and his oldest son goes to high school.

But Mr. Husted, a secretary of state candidate, has also maintained a home in Kettering, south of Dayton, for the past 15 years and says he intends to return there to live permanently once his service in Columbus is over.

Last year a Montgomery County Republican challenged Mr. Husted's residency, saying the state lawmaker spent too little time in the Dayton-area to qualify as a resident and run for elected office from that area.

The issue has been politically charged, right up to yesterday's court ruling.

The Montgomery County Board of Elections voted 2-to-2 along party lines on Mr. Husted, leaving Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to break the tie.

Ms. Brunner, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, broke the tie by siding with the Democrats. Mr. Husted appealed to the all-Republican state supreme court.

Mr. Husted said the decision ended a "partisan witch hunt" by Ms. Brunner.

Ms. Brunner said her decision "was based on an appellate case involving a strikingly similar fact pattern to the Husted case."

Points of Interest
Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2015 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…