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Summit County elections board denies ballot access for 5 independents, certifies others

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: September 24, 2013

Five independents hoping to run for seats in the Nov. 5 election were disqualified by the Summit County board of elections because of insufficient signatures on their petitions.

The candidates had hoped to run for Barberton council at-large, Cuyahoga Falls mayor, Cuyahoga Falls council at-large, Akron council Ward 3 and Akron council Ward 10.

At least one of the candidates, Stephen Dabney, a candidate for Falls mayor, plans to ask the elections board to reconsider its decision at its meeting Wednesday.

The only independent candidate the board recently gave ballot access was Valerie Jackson, a candidate for Akron council Ward 4.

The board also certified non-partisan candidates for two Akron Municipal Court judicial races. Copley school board member Julie Schafer and Akron City Prosecutor Gert Wilms are competing for the seat of Judge John Holcomb, who is retiring, while Jon Oldham, a magistrate in Summit County Probate Court, is challenging Judge Katarina Cook.




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