COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Election Commission had a full hearing scheduled for today and tomorrow to investigate multiple election law violation complaints filed by three separate parties against former gubernatorial candidate Joe Blystone. Instead of a hearing, the session turned into a settlement conference that resulted in an agreement.
That agreement orders Blystone to surrender his campaign cash of approximately $105,000 and shut down his campaign fund. The funds are to be distributed by paying $75,000 to an escrow account for a case Blystone started in Delaware County against his former campaign co-manager; turning over the remaining balance to the Ohio Election Commission in the form of a fine. Additionally, Blystone stipulates that the allegations made in the complaints are fact and commits to not seek office for five years.Read More