Protection order sought against county candidate

SANDUSKY Dave Mulvin can bet there's one vote he's not getting in the March primary.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Dave Mulvin can bet there's one vote he's not getting in the March primary.

Tracy Thom, 44, of Sandusky filed a domestic violence civil protection order against Mulvin on Jan. 16 in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

In the filing, Thom said she had been living with Mulvin in Sandusky since May and during that time he has been "intimidating, controlling, physically abusive and emotionally neglectful," among other things.

Mulvin, a Republican candidate for Erie County commissioner, said what Thom alleges in the filing is untrue.

"This is one person's allegations," he said. "Anyone can walk down to that courthouse and say what they want. That doesn't mean it's true."

In the filing, Thom goes on to say Mulvin has seen anger management counselors for his temper and he "rules (the) house by intimidation."

"There's statements she made in there that are perjury. I have never in my life seen anyone for anger management," Mulvin said.

The protection order also says Mulvin is "mean to the family dogs" and takes his anger out on them. Mulvin said Thom took his beagle, and he wants it back.

"She says that I pull his leg and give him the silent treatment. Now, how do you give a dog the silent treatment?" Mulvin asked.

Mulvin said the whole situation began when he asked Thom to move out of his house.

"The relationship was over. She needed to go," he said. "She wanted to stay in my house, and she wanted to blackmail me."

Thom declined comment on the specifics of the protection order, but said she is not trying to hurt Mulvin's professional life.

"This isn't something I'm doing to ruin his political career," she said.

She said she intended to apply for the protection order in October and even completed most of the paperwork, but was unable to go before a judge because she was injured after being pinned between her car and a Perkins police cruiser.

Thom had called police for standby assistance while removing items from the house. She was loading her trunk when the cruiser pulled in the drive behind her and failed to stop, according to the police report.

The hearing for Thom's protection order is Feb. 23.

But Thom's protection order isn't a first for Mulvin. In September 2007, Diane Mulvin, the ex-sister-in-law of Dave Mulvin, filed a civil stalking protection order. Diane Mulvin wrote in the filing she believes Dave Mulvin blames her for his divorce because she told his wife things about him.

"He approached me ... cussed me out, made threats to my self and my friend Dan Lake ... tried to cause a fight," she wrote.

Dave Mulvin said he believes he "won in court" during the hearing, but is still waiting on the decision. He declined further comment.

Dave Mulvin will oppose Mike Printy in the March Primary.

"I really do not know Mr. Mulvin, so I'm not in a position to say anything," Printy said. "I have to try really hard to present myself to the voters, and that is my main focus."

Mulvin and Printy will go head to head on the Web during the Register's Q&A Live from 7-8:30 p.m. on Feb 12.