A Hudson City Council member had his candidacy certified in a race for a state House of Representatives seat.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on Thursday ruled that Democrat Casey Weinstein will advance to the May 8 primary election ballot in the Ohio House’s 37th District race. Husted had been asked to make the decision after the Summit County Board of Elections on Feb. 20 deadlocked on a motion to reject Weinstein’s petitions.
The motion to reject was made because all of Weinstein’s petition forms listed an incorrect date for the May 8 primary election, according to a board official.
Weinstein said he listed the election date as "May 8, 2017" on all of his petition forms. He said he had "more than enough" valid signatures.
"No evidence has been provided to suggest that the error in the year of the primary election date misled a signer to think that Mr. Weinstein was seeking to appear on a primary election ballot for an election that had already taken place," wrote Husted in his letter issued Thursday to the Summit County Board of Elections. "Therefore, I break the tie against the motion to reject the candidacy of Mr. Weinstein for the Democratic Party’s nomination to the Ohio House of Representatives 37th District ... Mr. Weinstein ... will appear on [his] party’s May 8, 2018, Primary Election ballot."
Weinstein was the only Democrat who filed to run for the 37th District post, which is currently held by Republican Kristina Daley Roegner.
Last week, Weinstein’s wife, Amanda, filed to run as a write-in candidate in a move intended to allow her husband another path to make it to the fall ballot if Husted had ruled against certifying her husband’s petitions.
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