Former State Sen. Kevin Coughlin has taken his bid to be the clerk of court for Stow Municipal Court to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Coughlin filed Thursday with the state's high court to compel the Summit County Board of Elections to certify his nominating petitions for the November general election.
Coughlin had filed his petitions by the May 6 deadline. At its meeting July 15, the board of elections voted to reject the petitions for the non-partisan post, saying Coughlin's history as a Republican disqualified him from running as a non-partisan.
Cuyahoga Falls resident Don Nelsch had challenged the filing, claiming Coughlin's history as a Republican meant his "independent" or "non-partisan" status was not made in good faith.
Coughlin has countered that Ohio law authorizes non-partisan candidacies for municipal judges and clerks of court.
Coughlin said he expects hsi appeal would be heard before the ballots need to be printed.
In considering the petition, Coughlin said the justices could render their decision based on his briefs and any the board of elections would submit or they could require oral arguments.
Coughlin added he believes this issue of not certifying his petitions could "set a dangerous precedent in our state."
"The board's rejection of my candidacy was outrageous. Luckily we live in a country with the rule of law and I have faith that my petitions will be certified," he said.
Munroe Falls Mayor Frank Larson is the Republican candidate for clerk of courts; current clerk of courts Diana Colavecchio is running on the Democratic ticket. She had been appointed to the post earlier this year.