Anderson: Struble#8217;s deposition helpful

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 19, 2008

A deposition from a regional representative for Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner provided valuable information about Brunner’s decision not to confirm an appointment to the Lawrence County Board of Elections, an Ironton attorney said.

Brigham Anderson said Mike Struble, regional liaison for Brun-ner’s office, gave a deposition last week in the case filed against Brunner by the Law-rence County Repub-lican Executive Committee.

The GOP filed the action after Brunner refused to allow Mary Wipert to take her seat on the county elections board. In a letter, Brunner called Wipert “incompetent” and “unfit.”

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“He was questioned about the recommendation he made in an internal office memo to the secretary of state,” Anderson said of Struble’s deposition. “We are very encouraged and we feel his deposition made our case even stronger.”

Anderson said it is possible others may also be called to give depositions in the case. Brunner gave her deposition last month.

Wipert was county board of elections director for more than 20 years. She was fired in February 2007 on a 3-1 vote. The county GOP nominated her to replace the outgoing Richard Meyers but in February of this year Brunner refused to allow Wipert to take her seat on the board.

Shortly after, the county GOP filed action before the Ohio Supreme Court, seeking to have Brunner’s decision overturned.