Ohio justices give GOP antagonist spot on ballot

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Associated Press

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 10:06 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered a former state senator onto the fall ballot in Summit County.

The high court's decision settles the latest round in a long-running dispute involving one of Ohio's most powerful political chiefs. It allows former Republican state Sen. Kevin Coughlin (KAWG'-lihn) to run for Stow Municipal Clerk of Courts in November.

It's a considerable political fall for Coughlin, who once aspired to be Ohio's next governor. Then Coughlin and the New Summit County Republicans took on the county Republican party, and its powerful then-chairman Alex Arshinkoff, and lost.

The clerk's race is non-partisan. The county elections board had rejected Coughlin's candidacy on grounds that his past Republican affiliation disqualified him from running without a party label.

Justices voted unanimously to overturn the board's vote.

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