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High court promises quick action in Columbiana judge's race

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The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to move quickly in deciding whether or not residents of Columbiana County will have a choice when they vote for Common Pleas Court Judge in November. 

The court announced on Tuesday that it will expedite a case filed against Ohio Secretary of State John Husted by Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Heaven Guest, who is seeking a spot on the fall ballot to run as judge in Columbiana County.

Guest filed petitions to run as an independent candidate against Megan Bickerton, who would otherwise have been the only candidate after beating incumbent judge Ashley Pike in the primary election

However, Husted issued an opinion agreeing with two county election board members saying that he feels Guest remains affiliated with the Democratic Party and cannot be permitted to appear on the November 6 ballot.

Guest took the issue to the Ohio Supreme Court, arguing that she resigned from the Democratic Party, but admitting that she still has friends affiliated with the party.

An attorney for Guest asked the justices to move quickly on the case because of the August 28 deadline when the Secretary of State must certify ballots for the upcoming election.

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