Independent candidates for Norwalk City Council, Dwight Tkach and Stan Obrenovich, both officially withdrew their petitions to appear on the November ballot during this morning's Huron County Board of Elections meeting.
Tkach had to withdraw because of a technicality that would have caused his petitions to be ruled invalid. By withdrawing, Tkach can now run as a write-in candidate. He must file to run as a write-in by Sept. 5.
Obrenovich's candidacy, on the other hand, was done in by a court ruling. Following the precedent set by that ruling, the secretary of state's office issued a directive that any independent candidate must be entirely unaffiliated with a political party. Obrenovich voted in the 2006 Democratic primary and made donations to the party.
Obrenovich spoke this morning with board members and a representative from the secretary of state's office and was told that, if the board ruled against him on his independent candidacy, he would not be permitted to run as a write-in candidate. He then withdrew his petition to run against Democrat Lynn Chapin and Republican Scott Krichbaum as an independent for the first ward council seat. By withdrawing, Obrenovich too can now run as a write-in candidate if he wishes.
"I want all my options open," he said, before adding "I think it's a sad day for the Constitution and the voters of Norwalk."