Summit County Council candidate Duane Schmidt disqualified |

Summit County Council candidate Duane Schmidt disqualified

Caroline Kingsley, The Park Record

Summit County Council Candidate Duane Schmidt has been disqualified from the race for Seat C for failing to submit his financial reports to the County.

Schmidt announced on Oct. 8 that he would be withdrawing from candidacy due to health concerns and changes to his work responsibilities.

According to Summit County Clerk Kent Jones, however, Schmidt never officially withdrew from the race regardless of his public announcement.

"We didn’t expect him to withdraw after it had been that long," Jones said.

Seven days prior to an election, the state requires candidates file financial reports detailing their campaign contributions and expenditures.

"Everybody submitted their financials except him," Jones said. "We had to disqualify him prior to election day because he failed to submit the reports."

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Jones said he emailed and attempted phone calls to Schmidt prior to disqualifying him, but was unable to contact him.

To make voters aware of the change, the County put signs up at each Summit County polling location announcing that no votes cast for Schmidt will be counted.

After he withdrew Jacqueline Smith, a Republican filed to run as a write-in candidate against Democrat Kim Carson.