TRUMBULL CO., Ohio (WKBN) – The Trumbull County Board of Elections held a meeting on Wednesday to hear the complaint filed by Republican State Rep. Mike Loychik.

Earlier, Loychik was challenging Independent Jennifer Donnelly for the 65th House District, questioning whether Donnelly is actually an Independent. He says the evidence includes her past primary voting record and candidacy paperwork.

The board heard arguments from both sides for a little over an hour and voted unanimously to reject Loychik’s protest of Donnelly’s candidacy.

After deliberating for about 45 minutes, the board decided there wasn’t clear and convincing evidence against Donnelly that would disqualify her from running.

“This was obviously the first time I’ve ever been through something like this so I was nerve-racking. I’m very pleased that all four members of the board were able to agree on rejecting both counts of the protest,” Donnelly said.

Loychik said he is ready for the next step.

“I had a feeling that the board would vote the way that they did which leads me to my next comment which we’ve already prepared. Our attorneys down in Columbus are pursuing documents. We will be filing with the Supreme Court,” he said.