The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office will be asked to determine whether a Hudson City Council candidate should face criminal charges after she recently told the board of elections that she had voted in Stow while living in Hudson.
The Summit County Board of Elections on Tuesday voted 3-0 to refer the matter involving Katherine Schlademan to the prosecutor’s office, according to board director Joe Masich.
Schlademan had appeared before the board of elections on Aug. 29 after her Ward 1 City Council candidacy was challenged by another resident on the grounds that she had not lived in the city long enough to run for office. Schlademan provided documents showing she met the residency requirement, but, in the course of the hearing, admitted she had previously voted in Stow while living in Hudson.
"My driver’s license hadn’t expired yet," said Schlademan on Aug. 29. "It had my parents’ address on it. I know that’s not the greatest answer, but it’s an honest one."
On Aug. 29, the board ruled Schlademan could remain a council candidate, but revisited the voting issue on Tuesday.
When reached by the Hub-Times, Schlademan — who was not in attendance at Tuesday’s board meeting — declined to offer a comment.
William Rich, the chairman of the board of elections, said the board voted to let the prosecutor’s office decide the issue.
"In a hearing on a protest of her candidacy, Ms. Schlademan testified that she continued to vote in Stow after she began to reside in Hudson," Rich said. "The board believed that it was obliged to refer the matter to the Summit County prosecuting attorney ... It will be up to the prosecutor to determine whether prosecution is warranted."
The other council candidates for Ward 1 are Rebecca Benson Leiter, Ron Panaggio and S. David Worhatch. Another candidate, George Roth, was deemed ineligible to run because his company has been contracted to do work on the new city hall building. The board made that decision during the same meeting in which Schlademan gave her testimony.
Editor’s note: Reporter April Helms contributed to this story.
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