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Broz to bow out of election

Alissa Widman Neese • Oct 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Norwalk school board president Janet Broz abruptly withdrew from the Nov. 5 election this month, citing personal obligations during an emotional announcement at an Oct. 7 board meeting.

As of Friday, however, Broz was still listed as a candidate on the Huron County ballot.

Broz still hasn’t filed the paperwork necessary to formally withdraw from the election, meaning voters can still technically vote for her, said Tom Gerrity, Huron County Board of Elections deputy director. “She told me more than a week ago that she wanted to be taken off the ballot, but I haven’t seen the papers yet,” Gerrity said. “I’ve never run into something like this before, this close to the election.”

There is no deadline for a candidate to withdraw from the election.

If Broz withdraws before Nov. 5, any absentee votes cast for her will essentially be voided votes, Gerrity said.

If Broz does not withdraw and is elected, she can still resign from the school board. The remaining board members would have to appoint a replacement to complete the first two years of her four-year term. Voters would then elect someone in November 2015 to finish out her final two years.

Broz has been a board member for 16 years.

She did not return multiple calls and emails seeking comment this past week.

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