Former State Senator Kevin Coughlin is setting his sights a bit closer to home, filing today to run for the Stow Municipal Court Clerk's position.
Coughlin calls the local court's operation "one of Ohio's most antiquated" in need of computerizing and online access. The position is up with a non-partisan election on November 5th. Diana Colavecchio currently serves as Clerk of Courts for the Stow Municipal Court.
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(Coughlin news release) Former Ohio State Senator Kevin Coughlin filed petitions today to become a candidate for Stow Municipal Clerk of Courts. The nonpartisan general election will be held November 5.
"Today I am answering a call to serve our communities by modernizing the operation of the court. We have a new courthouse and our judges are doing a great job. But the Stow Municipal Court's operation is one of Ohio's most antiquated. For over a decade, clerks have promised to computerize records and modernize but have failed to show any results. Case files are still on paper, creating security issues and slowing the judicial system. Citizens can't even pay traffic tickets online.
"I will professionalize the courthouse with qualified staff experienced in records administration and customer service. We will identify best practices and new technologies to better serve our citizens and run the court more securely and efficiently.
"I am looking forward to campaigning again close to home. Having represented the communities of the court district for fourteen years in the Statehouse, running here is familiar territory. The voters of Summit County entrusted me to work for them in Columbus and I will be honored serve them again as Clerk of Court."
Kevin Coughlin served as State Representative from 1997-2001 and State Senator from 2001-2011. He is owner and chairman of the public affairs and communications firm Lexington Companies. Coughlin is a graduate of Woodridge High School and holds a B.A. and a Master of Public Administration from Bowling Green State University. He and his family reside in Cuyahoga Falls, where they have lived for six generations.
The Stow Municipal Court district includes the following communities: Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Tallmadge, Silver Lake, Munroe Falls, Twinsburg, Macedonia, Northfield, Northfield Center Township, Sagamore Hills, Peninsula, Reminderville, Boston Heights, Boston Township, and Twinsburg Township.