Tuesday, August 24, 1999

Board bars 2 from Lebanon ballot

Faulty petitions hamper hopefuls

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — City residents will have two fewer choices for representation on council and the school board — at least as it stands now.

        The Warren County Board of Elections certified more than 150 candidates for the November ballot. The four-member board did not certify candidacy petitions submitted by Jane Davenport, who was seeking a Lebanon council seat, or those of Stephen Kaiser, who planned to run for the Lebanon school board. According to Bev Moore, director of the board, neither candidate filed complete petitions.

        On Monday, Mrs. Davenport requested an appeal of the decision. The board likely will discuss the issue at its regular meeting Sept. 7, Mrs. Moore said.

        Mrs. Davenport declined to comment Monday.

        Mr. Kaiser said he may run as a write-in candidate but does not plan to appeal the decision.

        “I made a mistake,” he said.

        State law outlines how candidates must complete the petitions to be certified, Mrs. Moore said. The elections board staff tries to look at each petition to make sure it is properly completed, she said.

        Mrs. Davenport failed to fill out a section on three of seven petitions, leaving 44 signatures, six shy of the required 50, Mrs. Moore said.

        Mr. Kaiser did not sign the statement of candidacy on the petitions, Mrs. Moore said.

        Mrs. Davenport and Mr. Kaiser still could run in November as write-in candidates. The deadline to file for write-in candidate status is Sept. 13.

        The remaining candidates for the three seats on Lebanon Council are Ben Cole, John McComb, Ron Pandorf and Jim Reinhard. Those seeking the three spots on the school board are: David Armold, Donna Behymer, Paul Brewer, Walter Davis, Michael Eshleman, Mary Lou Lutmer, Katherine Poitinger and Lisa Smith.


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