Dave Schulz, a former Republican state committeeman from Toledo, posted a comment on myFaceBook page about Jack Ford's situation.
To summarize, Ford is certified to run as an independent against Democratic state Sen. Edna Brown. If he stays on the ballot, there's a good chance that he and Brown split the Democratic vote and Ernie McCarthy (R.) gets elected.
The Lucas County Democratic Party says Ford is a Democrat, not an independent, and so he can't run as an independent.
Ford's problem is that while he can demonstrate a certain amount of independence from the Democratic Party, he can't undo the fact that he voted on May 6 as a Democrat - one day after filing as an independent unaffiliated with any party.
The Lucas County Board of Elections is set to meet Tuesday, and they are going to schedule a hearing to deal with the Democratic challenge against Ford.
Here is Schulz's comment
So, it's been a few years since I have been involved in a nice election lawsuit. Toledo has an interesting election protest going on with the Lucas County Dems trying to throw Jack Ford off the ballot for the state senate as an Independent. After reviewing the court precedent here is how I predict the protest will go:
Prediction: Lucas County Board of Elections will vote 4-0 to decertify him from the ballot. Ford will either take the defeat or will sue for a Writ of Mandamus to the Ohio Supreme Court. If Ford sues, the Court will vote unanimously to uphold the board of elections ruling declaring they did not abuse their discretion. Ford made a fatal mistake by voting in the Dem primary in May of this year. He had a solid case for being an independent and would have won a protest or court case had he not voted in the May primary.
Schulz used to be a Republican. He voted as a Democrat in the 2008 primary during Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos." That act alone prevented Schulz from remaining as Republican state committeeman, since he officially affiliated himself with the opposite party, but he opted not to run anyway that year. Schulz told me he voted in 2010 as a Republican to support Robert Christiansen for judge, but has voted D in 2012 and 2014.