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Akron school board member Amy Grom fails to make ballot

By John Published: August 22, 2011

Amy Reeves Grom, who is running for a second 4-year term, failed to turn in enough valid signatures to appear on the November ballot, according to the Summit County Board of Elections, which certified candidates this morning.

She missed the mark of 300 valid signatures by 13 .

APS board candidate John R. Sans turned in 271 valid signatures, so he's also off the ballot.

That leaves incumbent board president the Rev. Curtis T. Walker Sr. and challenger Tim Miller as the the only candidates for three open positions.

 In Akron, school board members serve four-year terms, with three seats elected in one cycle and the other four decided two years later.

 Board candidates for school districts in cities with populations greater than 100,000 must, by state law, collect 300 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. They're allowed to turn in 900 signatures to ensure they get enough.  

It's a tough bar to clear. Under city charter law, at-large council members who run citywide only need to gather 50 valid signatures.

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