The Lucas County Board of Elections certified another batch of candidates Thursday, but again postponed voting on two potential candidates who refiled their signature petitions.
Election officials said John Coble, who is seeking a term as Toledo Municipal Court Judge, and Daniel Angel, who is seeking a seat on Toledo City Council, both filed petitions, then withdrew them only to file again.
The question remains whether that's allowed. The board tabled voting on those petitions last week while certifying 27 other petitions. Thursday, the board again agreed to hold off on a vote.
After the meeting board chairman Ron Rothenbuhler said the state's rules say office seekers can withdraw as a candidate, but cannot withdraw a petition and refile.
"In other words, if your petition is entered, the race is on and evidently if you're disqualified, you can't start over," he said.
Officials are seeking a ruling from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, which hasn't yet been made.
A spokesman with the Secretary of State said the office is looking into the issue of withdrawing and refiling. A decision would likely come soon, he said, but he did not have a specific time frame.
Mr. Coble, a Democrat and lawyer from Ottawa Hills, first filed his petitions May 23, but a cursory review showed he did not submit enough valid signatures. He filed a second round of petitions June 13. Mr. Angel, an independent who is looking to challenge incumbent Democrat Mike Craig for the District 3 council seat, had similar problems with his petitions, officials said.
"Waiting on the secretary of state's directive is the prudent way to proceed on the matter," board member Jon Stainbrook said.
Of the 30 other candidates who were certified Thursday, the majority are running for seats in Toledo.
Five candidates for municipal judge were certified, as well as 17 for Toledo City Council.
Of the 30 approved, 26 were unanimous. Mr. Rothenbuhler abstained from voting on four Oregon candidates' petitions, saying he had either signed the petitions or had been named to their committees.
The candidates who were certified Thursday are: Terry Reeves, James S. Seaman, Michael P. Sheehy, (all incumbents) and Thomas Susor, councilman, City of Oregon; Doug Haynam (incumbent), councilman, City of Sylvania; C. Allen McConnell, Timothy C. Kuhlman (both incumbents), Lourdes Santiago, David L. Toska, and Michelle Wagner, municipal court judge, City of Toledo; Darryl K. Fingers, Aji Green, Schylar M. Meadows, Jason M. Schreiner, and Kenneth W. Sharp, councilman, District 1, City of Toledo; D. Michael Collins (incumbent), Jeremy Demagall, and Steven Jasinski, councilman, District 2, City of Toledo; Ernie Berry, and Hans Schnapp, councilman, District 3, City of Toledo; Paula Hicks-Hudson (incumbent), Alfonso Narvaez, and Anita Rios, councilman, District 4, City of Toledo; Jim Martin, councilman, District 5, City of Toledo; Douglas DeCamp, Sean Nestor, and Lindsay M. Webb (incumbent), councilman, District 6, City of Toledo; Larry J. Buckenmeyer (incumbent), trustee, Harding Township; Becky Henderly (incumbent), fiscal officer, Harding Township; and Dawn E. McDonald, fiscal officer, Spencer Township.
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