Friday, September 28, 2001

Norwood Republican wins right to be on Nov. 6 ballot

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NORWOOD — Marion Hochbein, Republican City Council candidate in the city's 4th Ward, has won the right to run after a ruling by Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, also a Republican.

        Mr. Blackwell sided with the two Republicans on the Hamilton County Board of Elections who had voted to certify Ms. Hochbein's petitions.

        The two Democrats on the board, Timothy Burke and Dan Radford, had voted not to certify her as a candidate. John Fenton, the Democratic candidate in the 4th Ward, had challenged her right to run because she replaced Charles Marshall, who withdrew before the May 7 primary.

        “I think the law cited in this case covers the issue,” Mr. Blackwell said.

        Mr. Fenton had filed a protest with the Hamilton County Board of Elections, arguing that Ms. Hochbein should not run because she replaced a candidate who was not nominated by a primary election.

        He said Thursday he does not intend to take the matter any further.

        “I could take it to court, but I will leave it as is,” Mr. Fenton said. He said Mr. Blackwell's ruling did not surprise him.

        “It appears to be political. I will just concentrate on my campaign,” he said.

        Ms. Hochbein said she was glad the ruling was in her favor because it gives the citizens in Ward 4 a choice in the Nov. 6 election.


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