Columbus City Council candidate John Lively dropped out of the race and dropped an F-bomb in the same sentence yesterday.
“On the real, this wasn’t a (f------) joke that got me into this in the beginning, and I don’t have time to campaign and (s---) because of my job, but I don’t know if I should be telling the voters that,” he said.
Lively, an independent, said he works seven days a week but wants to keep his political priorities alive somehow.
So he has filed paperwork with the Franklin County Board of Elections to have his roommate and friend, Nicholas J. Schneider, take over the campaign and run for the seat instead. Schneider is an independent who lost in the May primary for one of six available spots to campaign for three seats on council in the Nov. 5 election. Lively came in sixth.
Elections officials said yesterday that they are looking over Lively’s paperwork to see if that’s allowed.
“We have referred the issue to the Franklin County prosecutor’s office to see if that is allowable by state law and the city charter,” said Ben Piscitelli, the elections board spokesman. “ We are awaiting a decision and will bring the issue up at our next meeting on Sept. 3.”
Lively, 31, who lives in Clintonville, said he was running to challenge the status quo and offer en election that included candidates with different views.
Both he and Schneider, 31, believe that Columbus’ council should be elected by wards and not at large, to better represent the public.
The others vying for the three council seats are Democratic incumbents A. Troy Miller, Eileen Y. Paley and Priscilla R. Tyson and Republican challengers Greg R. Lawson and Brian C. Bainbridge.
By Lucas Sullivan - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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