Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin will appear on the November ballot in the race for Stow Municipal Court clerk, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Last month, Coughlin asked the state's highest court to compel the Summit County Board of Elections to place his name on the Nov. 5 ballot, after the elections board decided against certifying his petitions for the nonpartisan post. Coughlin had asked the Ohio Supreme Court for an expedited action due to the timing of having ballots printed.
"Because the board disregarded clearly established law by refusing to place Coughlin's name on the ballot, we grant (Coughlin's request)," stated the Sept. 9 decision.
In a statement, Coughlin said, "I'm grateful to the Ohio Supreme Court for upholding my right to run."
Joseph Masich, director of the Summit County Board of Elections, did not return a phone call for comment on the court's decision by press time.
In July, the board of elections said Coughlin's history as a Republican disqualified him from running as a nonpartisan. Coughlin had filed his petitions by the May 6 deadline.
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.