The Franklin County Board of Elections has denied an appeal filed by Democrat Dauryce Sowell to run for a Reynoldsburg City Council seat in the May primary.

During a special meeting Feb. 24, the Franklin County Board of Elections denied an appeal filed by Democrat Dauryce B. Sowell, whose nominating petitions to run for a Reynoldsburg City Council seat in the May primary did not contain enough valid signatures.

Twenty-one of the signatures on Sowell's petitions were deemed invalid because they were not from registered voters. That left him with only 23 valid signatures instead of the required 25.

Board of elections spokesperson Ben Piscitelli said Sowell tried to convince the board to allow two names that were printed, not signed in cursive script, as required under Ohio law.

"The law is pretty clear cut on that. We couldn't do that," Piscitelli said. "It has to be an apples-to-apples comparison. It's pretty routine, and we told him he wouldn't be making the ballot and we wished him the best and to try again in the future."

Sowell's unsuccessful appeal means incumbent Republican Mel Clemens will be unopposed in November, barring a write-in candidacy.

For more on this story, see the March 3 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg.