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3 candidates survive challenges in Avon Township; one withdraws

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Despite formal objections, three candidates for office in Avon Township can stay on the April 9 ballot, officials have decided.

Douglas Raul Williams, a candidate for supervisor, will be allowed to run, a three-member electoral board ruled Monday. The same board also decided trustee hopeful Steve Hall and highway commissioner candidate Jim Denomie will remain in the race.

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Political foes of the trio had criticized the petitions of the candidates and had hoped to get them knocked off the ballot. Various aspects of the petitions had been questioned, including the notary seals and signatures.

Another trustee candidate, Erica Lopez, has withdrawn from the race. Her candidacy had been challenged, too.

Williams, Denomie and Hall are among the candidates running independently for Avon Township offices. Robert Flanary and Hal Sloan are running independently for trustee seats, too.

Additionally, two full slates of candidates are running for the Avon posts.

The Avon Action slate consists of: incumbent Supervisor Lisa Rusch; clerk candidate Elona Hamilton; incumbent Assessor Robert C. Ditton; incumbent Highway Commissioner Tom Brust; and trustee candidates Marc Feldstein, Randy Evangelides, Chris Larson and Lisa DeLaMar. Feldstein and Evangelides are incumbents.

The second slate is called Avon Strong. It consists of: supervisor candidate Judy Armstrong; clerk hopeful Patricia Smart; assessor candidate Wayne "George" Flary: highway commissioner candidate Robert Kula; and trustee candidates Jeanne Kirby, William McNeill, Cathy deGroh and Annmarie Pyrde. McNeill is the only incumbent in that group.

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