Petitioners protest board’s decision


MIAMI COUNTY — In an effort to get their names on the November ballot, a number of petitioners protested the Miami County Board of Elections’ previous decisions invalidating their petitions for candidacy and made their arguments during the board’s meeting Tuesday evening.

Anthony Miller of West Milton, where he is currently the vice mayor and is running for the mayor seat there, explained that he transposed the dates on his petition when he signed it. The board overturned their previous decision and approved his petition “in good faith,” board member Robert Long said, that Miller was telling the truth about the error with the dates.

Joellen Heatherly’s petition to run for the Tipp City Board of Education was approved after she explained a clerical error regarding the dates she marked on the petition when she signed and filed it. Heatherly also provided eight affidavits that the signatures that were found invalid on her petition were true signatures.

Matthew Downing’s petition to run for the Newton Local Board of Education was also approved. Downing explained that two of the signatures found invalid on his petition belonged to a husband and wife who had recently moved. When they signed the petition, they had not yet updated their voter registrations. They updated their voter registrations a few days after Downing’s petition was denied.

Petitions for Angela J. Deere for Laura Village mayor, Tony C. Hughes for Union Township trustee, and Karen Grudich for West Milton Village Council were still found to be invalid.

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Sam Wildow | Daily Call Piqua City Schools Board of Education member Steve Greggerson makes his case on why his petition for candidacy should be approved during the Miami County Board of Elections meeting Tuesday evening.
http://www.weeklyrecordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/08/web1_IMG_8866-cmyk.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Piqua City Schools Board of Education member Steve Greggerson makes his case on why his petition for candidacy should be approved during the Miami County Board of Elections meeting Tuesday evening.
Write-in candidates approved

By Sam Wildow

swildow@dailycall.com

The following write-in candidates were approved for the Nov. 7 ballot:

• David M. Jones, Piqua Ward 3 Commissioner

• Kris Edward Lee, Piqua Ward 3 Commissioner

• Donald Cyrnes, Piqua Ward 3 Commissioner

• Jack R. Bastian, Piqua Ward 3 Commissioner

• Bradley Scott Boehringer, Piqua Ward 3 Commissioner

• Timothy Lee, Piqua Ward 4 Commissioner

• David Andrew Short, Piqua Ward 4 Commissioner

• Joseph Sorrell, Piqua Ward 4 Commissioner

• Nicholas Alexander, Piqua City Board of Education

• Sean Patrick Ford, Piqua City Board of Education

• Dennis L. Albaugh, Union Township Trustee

• James D. Richard, Union Township Trustee

• Benjamin Scott Dehus, Milton-Union Board of Education

The write-in candidates’ names will not appear on the ballot. Voters must select the option to write-in a candidate in order to vote for one of the candidates named above. Petitioners whose petitions for candidacy were previously denied by the Miami County Board of Elections cannot run as write-in candidates.

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@dailycall.com or (937) 451-3336