Just in: Finding of probable cause of elections law violations in complaint against Norwood Dem. Party
As the basis for the complaint, the Norwood Republican Party cited Ohio Revised Code section 3517.21 (B) (1) and (9). Probable cause was found for 3517.21(B)(1) only, which states:
(B) No person, during the course of any campaign for nomination or election to public office or office of a political party, by means of campaign materials, including sample ballots, an advertisement on radio or television or in a newspaper or periodical, a public speech, press release, or otherwise, shall knowingly and with intent to affect the outcome of such campaign do any of the following:
(1) Use the title of an office not currently held by a candidate in a manner that implies that the candidate does currently hold that office or use the term “re-elect” when the candidate has never been elected at a primary, general, or special election to the office for which he or she is a candidate;
Present at this morning’s hearing were Joe Sanker and Joe C. Geers, Co-chairs of the Norwood Democratic Party; and Steve Thornbury and Jim Stith, Chair of the Norwood Republican Party.