July 30, 2014

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Holly Brinda to stay on November ballot

Elyria school board member Holly Brinda is on the November ballot to stay.

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to reconsider its decision earlier this month that placed Brinda on the ballot.

Brunner and the Lorain County Board of Elections had sought to bar Brinda from running for re-election because she ran against Elyria Mayor Bill Grace in the Democratic primary in May. Elections officials argued that Brinda’s candidacy for the school board violated the state’s “sore loser” law that prevents a candidate from running for two offices in the same election.

The elections board contended that meant the same election cycle, but the Supreme Court said that for a school board candidate it didn’t include the primary and general election.

Brinda said she’s ready to get back to work and hopes voters take notice of how hard she fought for the chance to continue serving them.

“I’ve kind of been waiting to exhale,” she said. “It was a lot to get to the starting point.”

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.