Legal review delays Dayton school board candidate

There are seven seats on the Dayton school board, and four are up for election Nov. 7. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
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There are seven seats on the Dayton school board, and four are up for election Nov. 7. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

At least eight candidates will run for four available seats on Dayton Public Schools’ board of education in November, but the fate of a ninth candidate remains up in the air.

Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, said Wednesday that the board will not rule on the candidacy of Claudia Hunter until the Aug. 29 BOE meeting.

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Ten candidates, including Hunter, met the filing deadline for the school board race. Eight were approved for the Nov. 7 ballot at Tuesday’s Board of Elections meeting, while one, Donna Hill, was disqualified because her petitions did not have enough valid signatures, according to the BOE.

Kelly said Hunter’s candidacy was not addressed at Tuesday’s meeting because the elections board was still waiting on a legal opinion concerning Hunter’s petitions, and therefore the petition signatures had not yet been checked by elections staff.

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Kelly said she can’t comment on the type of issue in play until the legal review is complete.

Hunter, reached by phone Wednesday, said she had been unaware of the problem and planned to check with the Board of Elections.

The eight candidates who have been approved for the November election are, Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Paul Bradley, Anne Marie (Mario) Gallin, Bill Harris Jr., Jo’el Jones, Joe Lacey, Jocelyn Rhynard and Karen Wick-Gagnet.

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Lacey is the only incumbent. Hazel Rountree, Ron Lee and Adil Baguirov decided not to run for re-election, while Robert Walker, John McManus and Sheila Taylor are halfway through their four-year terms.