Beacon Journal staff

STOW: Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin, who successfully sued for his right to run nonpartisan, will take the oath of office for Stow Municipal Court clerk at 10 a.m. Monday.

Stow Judge Kim Hoover, who also ran nonpartisan and won, will administer Coughlin's oath in his courtroom.

The Summit County elections board denied Coughlin ballot access after he filed to run as a nonpartisan because of his ties to the Republican Party. Coughlin filed a challenge in the Ohio Supreme Court, saying he had as much right to run as nonpartisan as Hoover. The court agreed. Coughlin beat Democratic and Republican candidates in the Nov. 5 election.