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October 23, 2017
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Republican denied county elections board seat
(2008-07-31)
(WOUB) - The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the state elections chief's decision to deny a county elections board seat to a Republican recommended by her party.

The court ruled today that Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner was justified in rejecting Mary Wipert as the director of the Lawrence County Board of Elections.

The court says Brunner's decision was based on Wipert's participation in partisan political activity while she previously served as the board's director. It also says Wipert's firing from the position in February 2007 was grounds for her rejection.

Brunner appointed Republican Carl Lilly to the board after the party failed to offer another recommendation.

Previously, the court found Brunner overstepped her authority in denying a Republican's appointment in Summit County.
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