Benwood council to hear ballot mixup challenge

BENWOOD (AP) — Benwood’s City Council has scheduled a June 9 hearing on an election contest by a councilman whose name was left off the ballot.

Curtis Mele was unopposed in his bid for a third term in the May 13 election. Due to a clerical error, another councilman was listed as the candidate in his district.

Mele filed a contest of the election results with the city last week.

City Solicitor Eric Gordon tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the council must decide whether a problem occurred during the election. If the council determines there was a problem, it must decide what remedy is warranted.

The council’s next regular meeting is set for June 10.

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