Trial set Nov. 7 for Ohio mayor who’s a standup comedian

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of a small Ohio city who’s also a veteran standup comedian faces trial Nov. 7 on four felony counts.

A judge entered “not guilty” pleas Monday for Drew Hastings after the defense waived readings of the charges against him. Retired Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove is hearing the case after a local judge recused himself.

Hastings is Hillsboro’s second-term mayor. He was indicted last month on counts including election falsification and theft in office.

Hastings says he has done nothing wrong other than try to lead the city without the consent of the “established political structure.”

The election falsification charge concerns his residency in the city of 6,600 residents, where he has a downtown apartment. He also has a farm outside of town.

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