YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The man who would like to replace Jerry Greene as Mahoning County Sheriff will now have 10 days to appeal a decision to keep his name off the ballot
Former Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes filed petitions to run as a “non-party” or Independent candidate for Sheriff this November.
But Tuesday morning, the Mahoning County Board of Elections voted to invalidate more than 400 of the signatures Hughes turned in, leaving him 42 shy of the number required to be on the ballot. The signatures were invalid for a number of reasons, including that some of those signing their names gave incorrect addresses or were not registered voters.
“He needed 663 valid and… we found he had 621 valid signatures, so we were not able to certify his candidacy,” said Mahoning County Board of Elections Chair Mark Munroe.
Hughes did not attend Tuesday’s Board of Elections meeting. He said he wants to take a look at the rejected signatures and weigh his options before filing any appeals.
As things stand, Greene has been left without any opposition going into the General Election.
Also on Tuesday, the Mahoning County Board of Elections voted to certify the petitions of former Youngstown School Board member Andrea Mahone to run as an Independent or non-party candidate for the 58th District seat, now held by Democrat Michelle Hagan.
Mahone will join Republican Corrine Sanderson in challenging Hagan, who is finishing her first term in office this year.
Mahone is the former host of “Increase The Peace” on 33 WYTV and says the key focus of her campaign will be education.
“We always take a look at Youngstown City Schools, but it’s not always about the inner-city schools. It’s about the entire community, the entire Mahoning County, and there’s a lot of districts besides Youngstown City Schools that need new buildings. They need some new improvements done,” Mahone said.
The Mahoning County Board of Elections is also tallying final vote totals from last month’s Primary Election. Provisional and absentee ballots were opened, sorted and counted on Tuesday.
More than 1,100 provisional ballots were turned in across the county, but Board of Elections members determined only 877 of those ballots were valid.
Board members were scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to certify the adjusted vote totals, but those added ballots are not expected to affect the outcomes of any of the races or issues.