WARREN - Two Democrats kept from being on the ballot in today's primary election because of mistakes on their nominating petitions have filed to run for the same offices as independent candidates in November.
Mark Zuppo Sr. filed paperwork to run for treasurer in Girard and Jerome C. Crowe for an at-large seat on city council in Hubbard.
Zuppo's candidacy was rejected by the Trumbull County Board of Elections in February because he fell short of the valid petition signature requirement, which is the same reason the board also kept Crowe off the ballot.
Also meeting Monday's deadline to run as a non-party candidate this fall in the treasurer's race in Girard was Harry DePietro.
If Zuppo's and DePietro's candidacies are certified, their getting into the race sets up a possible three-way showdown in November if write-in candidate Amanda Teutsch can muster enough votes today to progress to the general election. She needs 50, which is the same number of valid petition signatures she would have needed to have her name appear on the ballot.
Also, if the board certifies Crowe's second attempt, he'll join Democrats Raymond L. Moffitt and Justin D. Silvidi on the ballot in November. Three at-large seats are up for grabs in Hubbard.
2 ballots rejected
The Trumbull County Board of Elections on Tuesday agreed to reject two ballots for today's primary election because they were returned missing the ballot stubs. Also, the board agreed to remake 20 ballots mistakenly given to voters for the wrong precinct.
Others who filed to be independent candidates were Robert Bond, Karen Jones, Don Reider, Howard W. Sheely III and Stanley J. Zoldan for four seats on village council in Lordstown. Also in Lordstown, Kevin Campbell and Thomas C. Dietz filed for two available seats on the villages's Board of Public Affairs.