Former Ohio mayor sues elections board for $1.5M
Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:29:50 GMT —
CINCINNATI (AP) - The former mayor of a southern Ohio village has filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking $1.5 million and accusing a county elections board of painting him as a cheat and briber.
Former Aberdeen Mayor Garland Renchen filed the federal lawsuit Monday against four members of the Brown County Board of Elections.
Board officials didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
The lawsuit details years of conflict between Renchen and officials in Aberdeen, a village of about 1,600 people along the Ohio River.
Renchen was mayor from 2007 to 2011. He was indicted in April 2012 on six charges connected to voter intimidation following an investigation launched by the elections board.
Five of the charges were dismissed. A judge found Renchen not guilty of the remaining count in January.