Kevin Coughlin, a former state lawmaker who represented the Cuyahoga Falls area in Columbus for 14 years, said Monday he is running for clerk of Stow Municipal Court.
The nonpartisan race will be contested on the Nov. 5 ballot.
“Today I am answering a call to serve our communities by modernizing the operation of the court. We have a new courthouse, and our judges are doing a great job,” Coughlin said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “But the Stow Municipal Court’s operation is one of Ohio’s most antiquated.
“For over a decade, clerks have promised to computerize records and modernize but have failed to show any results. Case files are still on paper, creating security issues and slowing the judicial system. Citizens can’t even pay traffic tickets online.”
Coughlin said he would “professionalize the courthouse with qualified staff experienced in records administration and customer service. We will identify best practices and new technologies to better serve our citizens and run the court more securely and efficiently.”
The Stow Municipal Court district includes the cities and villages of Boston Heights, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, Munroe Falls, Northfield, Peninsula, Reminderville, Silver Lake, Stow, Tallmadge and Twinsburg and Boston, Northfield Center, Sagamore Hills and Twinsburg townships.