West Side Election News & Notes
Elections Commission plans hearing on Milkovich campaign
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Elections Commission (OEC) has found there was probable cause of a violation of Ohio election laws by Ohio Rep. Zack Milkovich (D-District 35) in his campaign for the Barberton Clerk of Courts seat.
Officials at the OEC said this week that a hearing would likely take place Oct. 31 on the issue, which was raised after Barberton resident Ken Masich filed a complaint Sept. 24. In the complaint, Masich said Milkovich violated Ohio Revised Code 3517.21 (B)(1) and 3517.21 (B)(10) by using yard signs and other campaign materials that stated “Zach Milkovich Clerk of Court” when he is not the current officeholder.
After a hearing Sept. 26, the OEC found probable cause that Milkovich did violate the law and stated that a hearing on the matter would take place before the full commission.
In the Nov. 5 General Election, Milkovich is running against incumbent Republican Diana Stevenson for the clerk of courts office.
When asked to comment, Milkovich said he plans to appear at the hearing later this month. He said he cleared the language with the Summit County Board of Elections before he used it in his campaign materials.
He added that he has not changed any of his signs or mailers as a result of the complaint.
Kathleen Folkerth contributed to this report.
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