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Elections Official Punished For Redacting Pureval Checks

Ann Thompson

The Hamilton County elections official who marked out the spending lines on campaign checks from Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval will be docked two weeks vacation time as her punishment.

Elections Board chairman Tim Burke says deputy elections director Sally Krisel will lose two of her six weeks of vacation for redacting the memo lines of four checks. At a hearing in September, Krisel apologized for the action, which she did at the request of Aftab Pureval campaign manager Sarah Topy.

The checks have become an issue in a pending Ohio Elections Commission complaint against Pureval, who is running against Republican incumbent Steve Chabot. The two Democrats on the elections board, Burke and Caleb Faux, imposed the punishment on Krisel, a fellow Democrat.

Routinely, when a board employee is punished, the two board members from his or her political party decide how the employee will be reprimanded. Krisel's salary is $118,000 a year.

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Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.