Case Study : The Wayne County Board Essay
Stephen Spoonamore has sought to run as an independent for the District 1 seat of the Ohio House of Representatives. The certification of his petitions had been delayed when Secretary of State Jon Husted broke a 2-2 tie, joining the board’s two Republicans, concluding Spoonamore could not run as an independent because minutes after filing his petitions, he requested and casted a Democratic Party ballot in the March primary election.
Spoonamore filed a writ of mandamus, a legal action asking the court of force the Board of Elections to do its job and certify his petitions. However, Spoonamore, representing himself, did not file the action according to statutory requirements, so Wayne County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark K. Wiest request the legal action be refiled. When the matter was back in court, Wiest said the complaint needed to be amended again, this time listing Husted as a party to the suit.
The third time is when Wiest overruled Husted’s request to dismiss the action and ordered the Board of Elections to “promptly meet,” accept Spoonamore’s petitions and “insure that (Spoonamore’s) candidacy for that office is submitted to the voters of Wayne County at the general election” on Nov. 8.