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Summit board to take up Coughlin question; hearings to be held Monday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 12, 2013

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.

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