It’s up to the Ohio secretary of state to decide whether a Hudson councilman will get to run for the Ohio 37th House district as a Democrat this fall.

Casey Weinstein, who ran unsuccessfully for the statehouse seat in 2016, circulated petitions in December to gather the necessary signatures to restart, officially, his candidacy. But an error might keep him from the ballot.

“I made the classic mistake,” said Weinstein, whose petitions told signers he would be running in the May 8 election in 2017, not 2018.

Republican members of the Summit County Board of Elections moved this week to reject Weinstein’s petitions, effectively scrapping his chances to appear on the May primary ballot, on which no other Democrat has filed to run, or the November general election ballot, at least with a D next to his name.

The board of elections’ two Democratic members supported the petitions, overlooking the error. The matter will now head to Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, who as Ohio’s top elections official has the duty of breaking all local tie votes.

“We’re incredibly confident that the secretary of state will rule in our favor,” Weinstein said. “There’s strong precedence for that, so we’re moving forward with the campaign.”

The 37th House district covers Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, Macedonia, Twinsburg and other areas in northeast Summit County. The seat is currently held by Rep. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson. She is running unopposed in the May primary for 27th District state senator. Three Republicans are vying for her House seat in the primary: Mike Rasor of Stow, Craig A. Shubert of Hudson and Dexter Vaughan of Macedonia.

Husted will receive the results of the local tie vote no later than March 6.

In other election news, state Rep. Marilyn Slaby, R-Copley, has withdrawn her re-election bid. That leave Bill Roemer without an opponent in the race to represent the 38th House district that lines the western edge of Summit and Stark counties, all the way from Cuyahoga County to Tuscarawas County.

Roemer, this November, will face Democrat Elliot Kolkovich, a Summit County assistant prosecutor who is unopposed in the May primary.

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