The Summit County Board of Elections on Tuesday said it would probe whether former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin violated procedures by not forming a local campaign committee or filing a treasurer designation for his campaign for Stow Municipal Court Clerk.
The board ruled last week that Coughlin couldn’t run as a nonpartisan for Stow clerk, a decision he has said he plans to challenge in the Ohio Supreme Court.
In the meantime, Coughlin is still campaigning to run for clerk with the assumption he will win ballot access.
As of Tuesday afternoon, however, Coughlin hadn’t filed paperwork with the Summit County elections board for his clerk campaign.
Coughlin said he has done nothing wrong. He said he still has a campaign committee and designation of treasurer form on file with the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office from when he was an elected official and then explored the possibility of seeking other offices.
He said that after the Summit County elections board is ordered to allow him on the ballot to run for clerk, he will file any necessary paperwork with the board.
“The board that refused to certify me as a candidate for clerk is now saying I need to file a designation of treasurer,” he said. “I’ll wait until this is resolved to do that. It seems kind of silly.”
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