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No criminal charges for three candidates barred from Summit County ballots

Beacon Journal staff report

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The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office said Monday that it won’t pursue criminal charges against three political candidates accused of filling out circulator statements after handing out their petitions.

Linda Ferreira and Victoria Pascu-Godwin, who wanted to run for precinct committee seats next month, and David Higgins, who was a Libertarian candidate for the 36th Ohio House District, faced scrutiny from the county elections board over the issue.

State law says statements must be completed before petitions are circulated.

Assistant Prosecutor John Galonski said in a letter to the board that the matter has “been reviewed and no criminal charges will be forthcoming.”

The candidates still are barred from running in the May 6 primary.


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