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Milkovich's campaign committee made false statement on yard signs, commission finds

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 31, 2013

The Ohio Elections Commission found today that state Rep. Zack Milkovich’s campaign committee made a false statement in yard signs, failing to make it clear that Milkovich is running for Barberton Clerk of Courts and doesn’t currently hold that office.

The commission, however, opted not to refer the matter for prosecution, noting steps the committee has since made to correct the issue, said Phil Richter, the commission’s executive director.

"The commission reserves sending to prosecution for the most egregious violations," Richter said.

Milkovich’s signs originally said "Zack Milkovich ... Clerk of Court," without a "for" between the two parts. After the commission found probable cause that the wording was a violation, the committee added the word "for" to the signs.

Milkovich and Ernie Tarle, a former Akron councilman who represented Milkovich’s campaign committee before the commission, couldn’t be reached for comment today.

The committee found no violation involving Milkovich individually.

Milkovich, a Democrat, is running against Diana Stevenson, a Republican who was appointed clerk last year, in the Nov. 5 election.

 

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