GOP candidate under scrutiny
WARREN — The Trumbull County Board of Elections on Tuesday decided several issues, but needs more time to consider arguments in the case of a Republican primary candidate’s residency.
Randy Law is seeking the GOP nod in the May 8 primary election in the race for the 64th District of the Ohio House of Representatives.
Law is running against Martha Yoder for the seat held by Rep. Mike O’Brien, D-Warren. Law circulated nominating petitions with his 1446 Clemmens Ave. NW, Warren address, but attorney Tom Campbell argued before the board that Law has not been residing at that address, but in Weathersfield.
“That is totally bogus,” Law said. “It’s a witch hunt. If I say I am a resident there, I am a resident there. I get my mail there, I am there more than 90 percent of the time. Are they saying if I occasionally stay the night somewhere that I don’t live in the house I own?”
But Campbell said there is “conflicting evidence.”
“I believe we presented a substantial case that he doesn’t live on Clemmens like his petitions stated,” Campbell said.
Although Weathersfield is in the 64th District, any false statement on a circulating petition is a disqualifier, Campbell said.
Law also is running for seats on the Ohio and Trumbull County Republican central committees in Warren precincts.
Stephanie Penrose, executive director of the board of elections, said the hearings went long so the board decided to allow both sides to submit closing arguments by 4 p.m. Monday. The board will deliberate and reconvene noon March 19 to make a decision.
One issue at question was testimony from a Warren City Water Department employee.
Water at the Clemmens house was turned off in September 2016, and not turned back on until March 2 this year — the day Law said he learned of the complaint against his candidacy.
“I’ve been doing some remodeling. But I still stay there, I still pay taxes there. I don’t have a log of where I spend my nights, but the law does not require that,” Law said.
The board also corrected a mistake.
Nick Mientkiewicz’s petition for the Trumbull County Democratic Party Central Committee was thrown out last month because of a human error. His candidacy was reinstated.
A protest against Angela Smith’s candidacy for the same committee was dismissed and her candidacy upheld, as was the case for Honeya Price.