Stephen Spoonamore 's Nonpartisan Status Essay

760 Words Apr 15th, 2016 4 Pages
A Wooster man wanting to run for state representative as a nonpartisan candidate could know within two weeks if he will be on the November ballot.
Stephen Spoonamore’s nonpartisan status has been questioned. On March 14, he filed 856 signatures on part petitions in order to run as a nonpartisan candidate for the District 1 seat being vacated by Ron Amstutz, a Wooster Republican who is preventing from running for reelection due to term limits.
Wayne County Board of Elections members chose to delay validating the signatures because moments after he submitted his petition, he requested and voted on a Democratic Party ballot.
First Assistant Prosecutor Nathan Shaker informed board members Jean Mohr, Betsy Sheets, Susan Donohoe and Charlie Hardman they had three options: Accept Spoonamore’s petition at face value; wait to see if there is a protest to the petition and schedule a hearing; or they schedule a hearing on their own, thus conducting an investigation.
The board opted for a hearing, and on April the four members deadlocked at 2-2 along party lines. Democrats Mohr and Sheets believe Spoonamore should appear on the ballot as a nonpartisan candidate, while Republicans Donohoe and Hardman said Spoonamore’s actions after filing his petition constitute an affiliation with the Democratic Party.
Because of the tie, Board of Elections Director Julie Leathers forwarded a number of documents to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office so he can review the case and cast the…

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