Unopposed candidates in this fall’s municipal election in Richmond will have their names on the ballot thanks to a decision Monday by Wayne Superior Court No. 2 Judge Greg Horn.
Horn granted an injunction stopping Wayne County Clerk Jo Ann Stewart from omitting the names of unopposed candidates from local ballots. Stewart was following a new state law, effective July 1, that required county clerks across the state to omit names of unopposed candidates.
State legislators passed the law in an effort to lower election costs for counties. Local politicos disagreed — not with the intent but with the result.
The two local major political parties, two unopposed candidates and two voters filed the lawsuit last week. On Monday, they said they were pleased with the ruling.