Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Board ponders action on anonymous mailing

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The Warren County Board of Elections plans to decide at its meeting nextTuesday whether to pursue an anonymous mailing sent to Lebanon residents, along with several other allegations of election-law violations during an ugly City Council race here.

        The board can refer complaints to the Ohio Elections Commission or the county prosecutor, according to board chairwoman Stella Hagemeyer.

        The anonymous mailing made accusations against Mayor James Mills, who subsequently lost the election. It was sent to Lebanon households in late October, using labels that appeared to have come from the elections board, according to director Bev Moore.

        The elections board sells sets of address labels, which are distinguishable because they have precinct numbers on them, she said.

        The office sold Lebanon labels to only two people this year: businessman John McComb, who ran a newspaper ad opposing Mr. Mills and two other incumbents, and Mills ally Councilman Mark Flick, who also lost.

        Mr. McComb said Tuesday that he did not send the Mills mailing. He used his labels to mail out a copy of his newspaper ad, he said.

        Jim Hause, Gary Casimir and Jane Davenport bought address lists, but not the pre-addressed labels, according to elections officials.

        Mrs. Hagemeyer said the board will review all of the allegations.


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