Mayoral candidate to contest BOE decision on signature count

Mayoral candidate to contest BOE decision on signature count
Cincinnati City Hall (FOX19 NOW/file)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - At least one person is no longer in the running for Cincinnati’s next mayor.

Democrat Adam Paul Teague Koehler had 823 signatures, but only 456 were found to be valid, according to the BOE.

Koehler, who is a 43-year-old tech entrepreneur, is the third candidate this week to be withdrawn from the ballot due to a lack of valid signatures.

Meanwhile, Democrat Kelli Prather, 48, failed to get the 500 valid signatures required, according to the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

The BOE says Prather received 444 valid signatures.

But Prather said on Twitter Tuesday she is challenging the decision.

Prather is now the second candidate to be dropped from the race on Tuesday alone.

On Monday, it was announced Cincinnati City Council Member Wendell Young failed to get the required number of signatures.

Here are the six candidates currently in the race, pending the BOE’s final certification:

  • Gavi Begtrup - Democrat, 37, Scientist
  • David Mann - Democrat, 81, Cincinnati City Councilman
  • Raffel Prophett - Democrat, 61, Retired Cincinnati firefighter
  • Aftab Pureval - Democrat, 38, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts
  • Cecil Thomas - Democrat, 68, State Senator
  • Herman J. Najoli - Independent, 44, Adjunct professor

Current Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley cannot run again due to term limits after eight years in office.

Several people who had either been considering a run or were rumored to be considering a run already recently announced they would not seek the mayoralty.

Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman said he would not run for mayor, and suspended City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld also withdrew his name from the race.

And in January, Former Mayor Mark Mallory and former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper announced they would not run.

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