Judges: Franklin County Sheriff Can’t Run For Committee Post

Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott will not be on the primary ballot as a candidate for a county Democratic Party post.(Photo: sheriff.franklincountyohio.gov)
Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott will not be on the primary ballot as a candidate for a county Democratic Party post.(Photo: sheriff.franklincountyohio.gov)

A central Ohio sheriff has lost his bid to get on the primary ballot as a candidate for a county Democratic Party post.

A panel of 10th District Court of Appeals judges – by a 2-1 vote – upheld a Franklin County Board of Elections ruling that Sheriff Zach Scott didn’t have the five valid signatures he needed on his candidate petition to run for a state central committee post. The election is May 6.

The elections-board staff said the signature of one woman was written in cursive and did not match her printed signature on file with the board. The woman testified that she had signed the petition, but the board rejected it.

Scott called it “an unfortunate day for citizen participation.”

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