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Lakewood Charter Change Appearing on Nov. 6 Ballot

Issue No. 61 looks to get the city’s charter up to date with the state law requiring candidates to file 90 days before an election.

Billed as a “housekeeping” measure, Lakewood is one of 15 communities in Cuyahoga County looking to update its charter to reflect the state law requiring candidates to file 90 days before a primary election.

As it stands, Lakewood’s charter calls for candidates to file their petitions 75 days before an election.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections asked 15 cities — including Lakewood, Solon and Strongsville — to have the same filing deadline as the state.

Lakewood Law Director Kevin Butler recently called the measure a “housekeeping” item, however any changes to the charter must be put to a vote first.

The measure will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot as Issue No. 61.

Area law directors have said that the county doesn’t want to have different communities with different sets of requirements.

The other Cuyahoga County communities with the charter change on the ballot are:

  • Bedford Heights
  • Berea
  • Village of Glenwillow
  • Independence
  • Lakewood
  • Maple Heights
  • Middleburg Heights
  • Village of Oakwood
  • Olmsted Falls
  • Rocky River
  • Seven Hills
  • Solon
  • Strongsville
  • University Heights
  • Warrensville Heights
Michael Rice September 25, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I am voting No.

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