December 21, 2014

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State seeks review of Brinda decision

ELYRIA — The state has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to allow Elyria school board member Holly Brinda to run for re-election in November despite losing the Elyria Democratic mayoral primary in May.

The court’s interpretation of the “same election” will cause “great confusion and ambiguity,” according to a brief filed with the court Friday.

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“Ohio law has generally prohibited an unsuccessful candidate from running for election for another office,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Richard Coglianese in the filing.

The high court ruled Tuesday that the “sore loser” law prohibited people from being on the ballot during the same election.

However, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner contends that the integrity of the election law depends on it meaning “the same election cycle,” which includes the primary and general elections.

Brinda, who took about 47 percent of the vote in the May primary when she lost to incumbent Mayor Bill Grace, took the request for reconsideration in stride.

“It’s just part of this interesting process,” she said.

Brinda said she’s hopeful the unanimous high court ruling will stand.

“I do have seven Ohio Supreme Court justices siding with our position,” she said. “I have a sincere desire to serve my community, and I hope it works out that way.”

If the ruling stands and Brinda is placed on the ballot, she would be one of seven running for three  positions on the five-member board of education. The other incumbents running for election are eight-year veteran Don Boddy and Kathryn Karpus, completing her first term. Other candidates are Gregory Elek, Marty Martinez, Jeffrey McCullough and Michael Routa.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.