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Coles disqualified from Nov. 5 school board race

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Bexley's school board race just got a little smaller.

Local resident Natalie Coles is out of the contest for a seat on the Bexley Board of Education as a result of a problem with paperwork she filed with the Franklin County Board of Elections.

According to the county office, Coles was disqualified because an "incomplete circulator statement on all part-petitions resulted in insufficient valid signatures." Coles said she missed a second signature.

That same paperwork gave her problems the last time she ran two years ago, but the issue was caught at the time she filed her petitions with the Franklin County Board of Elections.

This time she was not so lucky.

The oversight means that Coles' name will not appear on the November ballot, leaving three candidates vying uncontested for three seats.

The news came as a disappointment to Coles.

"It's very disheartening because I thought I had a very good chance this year," she said.

Coles lost in her bid for a seat on the board two years ago.

"But when we make mistakes, we have to own them," she said. "It is what it is, and I know our district is in good hands."

Candidates running for the three seats on the board include two incumbents -- Bexley school board President Carol Fey and the board's vice president, Marlee Snowdon, along with local resident John Barno, who ran two years ago but lost.

Coles did not appeal the decision and said she is undecided about whether she will throw her hat into the ring at some other time in a bid for a school board seat. Her next opportunity would come in two years.

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