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Honey Howard files petitions for independent bid for Elyria law director

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    Honey Howard

    CHUCK HUMEL / CHRONICLE FILE

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This story has been edited to correct Honey Howard’s job title.

ELYRIA — Honey Howard, an assistant prosecutor in the Elyria Law Director’s office, has filed as an independent to run against Amanda Deery, the Democratic candidate for city law director, in the November election.

Howard filed Monday to run for Elyria law director as an independent, according to the Lorain County Board of Elections. She did not return messages Tuesday seeking comment.

Her opponent, Deery, is chief of staff to Law Director Scott Serazin, who in February announced he would not seek re-election. Deery, who has been with the Elyria Law Director’s Office for seven years, did not face a challenger in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

A part-time assistant prosecutor in the law director’s office since 1995, Howard was promoted to full-time in February. The promotion was the result of a federal discrimination lawsuit Howard filed against the city in July 2018 that recently was settled.

Howard and her attorney also shared a payment of $18,600, with the tab picked up by the city’s insurance company, according to the settlement. The settlement was contingent on Howard retiring Jan. 31, 2020.

It was the second time Howard sued the city, and the second time such a case was settled. In a previous settlement in January 2002, Howard received $40,000 from the city for attorney fees and compensation “for pain and suffering,” along with the promise that she would receive “meaningful consideration” for a full-time position.

That settlement resulted from an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint Howard filed against the city in 2000, alleging she had been passed over for promotion and harassed by city officials.

Howard also ran in 2009 for a seat on the Elyria Municipal Court bench but lost, coming in fourth out of five candidates in the Democratic primary. An unsuccessful run for Lorain County Domestic Relations judge in 2008 resulted in Howard coming in third out of three in the Democratic primary.

Howard also has served as a magistrate in Lorain County Domestic Relations Court, worked as a union arbitrator and was a hospital administrator in New York City, she said.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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