The question of whether former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin can run as a non-partisan candidate for Stow clerk will finally be answered Monday.
The Summit County elections board will hold a hearing on the issue, as well as having hearings on four other local candidates.
Donald Nelsch of Cuyahoga Falls filed a protest with the board Thursday, claiming Coughlin shouldn't be able to run non-partisan because of his numerous affiliations with the Republican Party, including holding office as a Republican. He said Coughlin is "attempting to circumvent the Republican party's primary election process, yet remain a Republican officeholder."
Coughlin contends he is permitted to run as a non-partisan for the office, just as Stow Judge Kim Hoover is allowed to run non-partisan for his seat.