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Sheriff plans appeal to exclude Aey

Published: Wed, October 1, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.


David Aey

By David Skolnick

The elections board ruled David Aey eligible to be a write-in candidate.

YOUNGSTOWN — The eligibility of David Aey to run for Mahoning County sheriff will once again be decided by the Ohio Supreme Court.

The county board of elections unanimously agreed Tuesday to allow Aey to be a write-in candidate.

The board rejected a protest against Aey’s candidacy filed by Sheriff Randall Wellington, the only candidate for the office whose name will appear on the ballot.

After the hearing, Wellington, of Youngstown, a Democrat, said he was going to appeal the board’s decision to the state Supreme Court.

When asked why he’s trying to keep Aey from running as a write-in, Wellington said, “It’s the principle of the whole thing.”

The sheriff added that he wants to prove that Aey is “not qualified to be Mahoning County sheriff.”

Aey, of Boardman, who thanked God after the board’s decision, said he’s focused on the campaign.

As for Wellington’s taking his eligibility to the Supreme Court, Aey said, “To go the lengths that he’s gone to, one can only ask themselves ... ‘What [do] you have to hide?’”

Aey declined to provide details on what Wellington would have to hide. Wellington dismissed Aey’s comment without a response.

Wellington challenged Aey’s eligibility to run for sheriff, saying the former deputy sheriff doesn’t have the needed education requirement of at least two years of post-secondary education to seek the post.

Aey’s attorneys provided a certified transcript to the elections board last week showing Aey with 60 credit hours, more than enough to qualify as a sheriff candidate.

During a hearing Tuesday, Aey testified that he received 16 credit hours from Jefferson Community College in Steubenville for “lifeskills,” earned by taking training courses to be a deputy 14 years ago.

Aey testified that he first tried to get Youngstown State University to give him credit for the courses, but the university wouldn’t do so.

The county elections board certified Aey in February as a candidate for the Democratic primary. Wellington appealed the decision to the Ohio Supreme Court. The court agreed with Wellington that Aey didn’t have the qualifications required under state law to be a sheriff candidate and removed him from the March primary ballot.

Since that time, Aey testified that he took courses to earn the credits needed to qualify.

The elections board agreed Tuesday that Aey meets the education qualification to run for sheriff.



1retireduaw(6 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

If Wellington were an honorable man he woulkd have resigned in shame when Mike Budd went to prison. David Aey may well create history by defeating him in a write in contest. I can't possibly be any more inept than our current sheriff.

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2boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago


Halfway down the page, right in the middle....any names look familiar?

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3boardmanneedschange(364 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

When asked why he’s trying to keep Aey from running as a write-in, Wellington said, “It’s the principle of the whole thing.”

The sheriff added that he wants to prove that Aey is “not qualified to be Mahoning County sheriff.”

----so taking money for your campaign from organized crime in return for safe haven for gambling dens is something a "qualified" man of "principle" does to be a better sheriff?

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4ytown9999(55 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

Just remember one more thing folks - YOU, ME, US - WE are paying for the County's legal bills for this nonsense. Our tax dollars are paying for all the wasted time and labor hours of our Sheriff, Prosecutor, and attorneys who are fighting to the supreme court over this.

Nice, the Sheriff doesn't have the budget to keep a full staff or put the needed deputies on the road, but he doesn't have any qualms about wasting thousands of our tax dollars on legal fees "for the principle of the whole thing".

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5dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

I know i will be writing in Aey in the election. I think Wellington has had enough time in office, and has done nothing. I'm sure he is counting his lucky stars he does not have to follow the same requirements as new people running. He was orginially appointed to the position when Chance got in trouble. So what was his qualifiation back then?

Aey Aey all the Way for Sheriff!!

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6rex(65 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

Wellington is a power hungry ego-maniac. He has taken it upon himself to expand on / increase the state requirements governing concealed carry weapon permits in Mahoning County. Because he has gotten away with making his own laws regarding concealed carry weapon permits and now he wants to make his own law regarding possible opponants on the ballot. I'm sure that's because he knows that he could not possibly be re-elected if the people had a choice.

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7Mahcntyvoter(30 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

Aey needs to be our next sheriff. We need someone who is going to fight until the end to make things right. Our county needs a young man like this. Wellington just needs to retire. He has done absolutely NO campaigning. Instead he has taken his money and paid a high price attorney to remove all the opposition. This is disgusting and he says he is doing it so no one who is not qualified will be sheriff. There you have it, he already knows he is going to lose. How can you say a man who is a deputy for 18 years and holds a supervisor position with the US marshals (Wether paid or not it is still experience)is not qualified. Aey's qualifications should have never been questioned. The supreme Court is a joke in my book for even making a ruling on this childish matter. And as for the Vindicator they just need to hire some good reporters. Their reporters have done no research to back there "opinions" on the Aey-Wellington controversey. All they have done is jumped on the Wellington bandwagon. Do you have a mind of your own? The peoples choice is Aey it always has been and it will be come November 4th!!! Let the man run and let the people speak!!!!

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8xytown(63 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

The question that remains is there enough residents in Mahoning County that know how to read or write?

Mahoning County..... What a place!!!

The town that time forgot...

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9dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

xytown: There are plenty of people in Mahoning county that can read and write. Mahoning county does have many school district with excellent education programs. We are not a town either, we are many towns that make up a county. So who is the uneducated one? So please do not group us all with Youngstown. But to defend Y-town there are many who are educated who live there too!

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10Mahcntyvoter(30 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

yes, I agree. The people in mahoning county are more than capable of reading and writing.

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11FUNBAGS22(1 comment)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

first off, i will never vote for another sales tax for mahoning county because most of the deputies dont work for sh56757. another reason the sheriff is more concern in having federal inmates and allowing repeat offenders lose on the streets. i here a police officer will arrest the same person over and over and be sentence to jail and then released because of over abundance of inmates.get rid of the federal inmates and take care of your own sheriff who is about 158 years old.

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12igotrugs(7 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Wellington is worthless

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13igotrugs(7 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Wellington is a disgrace.He has NEVER done one thing good for Youngstown.It's time people show this idoit that he is not needed.It would be great to see a write in candidate win. That would really show that the people of Youngstown have spoken and have had enought.Come on Y-TOWN !!!! You can do it. **** SEND HIM PACKING**** Good Luck Aey

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14dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

youngstown? he has not done anything for the whole Mahoning county! This is a county position, not a city position. I am writing in Aey!

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15Mahcntyvoter(30 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Aey only has a diploma mill because Wellington says so. Has anyone even seen this? I'm sure the way Wellington is getting everyone removed that if Aey does have this diploma he would have taken immediate action. Has he even went to the Supreme court yet? Or did they finally tell him to go away. How many elected officials from mahoning county have tried to get their opposition removed from the ballot this election through the supreme court? I think this is a disgrace!!!!!

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16dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

TheLostPatrol. Wellington is a joke who needs to retire. He is known for years to hang quiet often in the local bars. He has done nothing for Mahoning county either. Wellington is making up stuff about Aey cause he is afraid to run against and debate him face to face, one on one, cause he knows Aey will beat him hands down. Wellington is wasting tax payers money with all the court time, and appeals. Give it up and be a real MAN!

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17dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Wellinton luck out in getting appointed that position back when Chance when got into all that trouble. I'm just wondering what kind of education Wellington has? Noone has ran against him so the people of Mahoning County have never had a choice but him. But me personally I have never voted for him even though he ran unopposed. About college, he only need two years not an actual degree! And you call them Peace Officers? They are Sherrifs, and the only time I see them is during DWI check points. I have friends who are sheriff so please do not assume that many respect Wellington's "service". He does NOTHING for Mahoning county. Remember he spends most of his free time in the local bars.
Definately writing in AEY on NOV 4TH!!!

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18cityslicker(21 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

It's time for Wellington to hang up his guns.

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19ysugrad1999(46 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

I have an idea, lets not vote for either of these two morons! What happens when neither candidate receives a vote? I'm writing in Kermit The Frog....cause its not easy being green/sheriff.

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