COLUMBIANA COUNTY Board of elections rejects 7 candidates
Elections officials will create a checklist to help candidates.
By D.A. WILKINSON
VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU
LISBON -- The Columbiana County Board of Elections has rejected the petitions of seven candidates and four liquor options placed on the November ballot.
The candidate petitions were rejected because of flaws in the paperwork or not enough signatures, elections Director John Payne said Thursday.
The candidates and options were filed by Aug. 25 for the November ballot.
"We've never had so many ballots with so many problems," Payne said.
Still, the candidates who were removed have until 4 p.m. Sept. 19 to file to run as write-in candidates.
Payne said elections workers normally check petitions for problems as a courtesy just before candidates file them. But with a rush of filings just before the deadline, workers didn't have time to check them, he said.
As a result, the board plans to create a checklist to give candidates so they can make sure their paperwork is in order.
"If everything is correct, then we will accept the filing," Payne said.
The candidates who were removed were:
UFred Grappy, an incumbent Fairfield Township trustee who, with another incumbent, was unopposed for his seat.
UDavid W. Haley, an incumbent Hanover trustee, who is seeking re-election in a crowded field.
UTammy Jones, a newcomer, and Larry F. Long Jr., an incumbent, who were in the crowded race for the East Liverpool school board.
UWayne Leishman, who was one of six running for four seats on Salineville council.
UDelores Scyoc, who was one of four running for four Rogers council seats.
URichard Stoudt, who was running for the county board of education.
The four liquor options that were dropped because of a lack of valid signatures were: Salem 2A, Wellsville 1A, and Unity Township North precincts, which were for Sunday sales; and Fairfield Township Center precinct, which would have allowed regular and Sunday sales.