Marina District opponents respond to elections complaint

SANDUSKY A group opposing Sandusky's proposed Marina District project has issued a response to a complaint a local man has fi
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

A group opposing Sandusky's proposed Marina District project has issued a response to a complaint a local man has filed with the Ohio Elections Commission.

Sanduskian Alan Washek -- who is a supporter of the project -- filed the complaint against Citizens for Responsive Government alleging the group is lying on its campaign literature by claiming the city will "lose" Battery Park and that it plans to cover Battery Park "with condos and sidewalks."

The Ohio Elections Commission agreed to hold a hearing next week on the complaint Washek filed against the group.

"Mr. (Washek's) election complaint is yet another act of desperation on the part of Sandusky Now and/or members thereof, following on the heels of the Carl Wolf/Yacht Club letter boondoggle, to control the public vote on the Marina District Project," wrote Citizens for Responsive Government spokesman Tim Schwanger in a prepared statement.

Schwanger further said Sandusky Now's campaign is also filled with inaccuracies, highlighting the group's belief that the relocation of city hall will not cost taxpayers.

"City Commissioners admit there will be costs," Schwanger said.

Washek's complaint asks the Ohio Elections Commission to order the Citizens for Responsive Government to quit distributing yard signs and fliers with the "Save Battery Park" slogan, remove all of its yard signs with the slogan and report back that the order has been obeyed.

Ohio Elections Commission officials said it doesn't have the power to issue such orders.

"We do not intend to lower ourselves to Mr. (Washek's) level and do not intend to file a counter complaint at this time. We intend to stay the course standing by our position Battery Park will be negatively impacted by the Marina District Project," Schwanger said.