COLUMBUS — After the Ohio Supreme Court denied his request for provisional placement on the primary ballot as a candidate for Ohio attorney general, Steve Christopher has dismissed his case against Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.
“A recent temporary order issued by the court effectively renders the ultimate merits of the case meaningless,” said Christopher’s campaign spokesman Mark Lucas in a press release.
Christopher’s suit against Brunner contended he filed over 2,500 signatures for his candidacy, although her office confirmed only 788 signatures were filed; 638 were validated. One thousand valid signatures are needed to be placed on the ballot for a statewide seat.
“In light of the close proximity of the primary election, the court’s order denying [Christopher] provisional placement on the ballot pending the final outcome on the merits of his claim has effectively precluded [Christopher] from obtaining the ultimate relief he has sought in this case,” Christopher’s attorney, David R. Langdon, said in his application for dismissal.
Brunner’s office stood firm on the grounds that Christopher’s petitions were processed with the same due diligence as any other candidate or issue.