Still no word on whether interim Tallmadge Mayor Dave Kline (D) and councilman/opponent Jack Sarver (R) will be on the ballot in November. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has yet to settle a dispute that the Summit County Board of Elections sent her way last month.
BOE director Marijean Donofrio clarified that there is no specific deadline looming. Brunner knows BOEs around the state need time to get ballots printed and proofed and will no doubt issue a ruling "in the next few days" so Summit County can proceed, she said.
If Brunner rules against putting one or both on the ballot, both parties made a back-up plan and will have write-in candidates for voters to choose between.
Brunner is being asked to decide if the political parties violated rules for choosing a candidate, which the Tallmadge city charter called on them to do after the former mayor stepped down with more than a year left on his term.