Unopposed Benwood councilman left off ballot

BENWOOD (AP) — A Benwood City Council member didn’t have any opponents in this month’s election. But his re-election is in doubt after his name was mistakenly left off the ballot.

Curtis Mele is one of four council members who were unopposed in the May 13 election.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that the ballot mistakenly listed Councilman Chuck Terry as the candidate in Mele’s district. Mele’s name didn’t appear on the ballot.

Mayor Ed Kuca says City Attorney Eric Gordon has sought advice from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office on how the city should proceed.

Secretary of State’s Office spokesman Jake Glance says the election results have been certified. He says a court likely would decide the matter.

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