Husted fills Lucas County BOE vacanciesWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted appointed Republicans Mark Wagoner Sr. and Peter Handwork and approved the recommendation of Democrat Brenda Hill to fill the three vacancies on the Lucas County Board of Elections (BOE).
Wagoner is a lawyer and Handwork is a retired judge. Hill is a retired teacher and former member of the Toledo Board of Education.
READ: The letter from Husted
The Republican appointments are pending a decision on an appeal filed by the Lucas County Republican Party with the Ohio Supreme Court over two Republican nominees, Kelly Bensman and Benjamin Roberts, rejected by Husted last month because of what he called their close ties to the “dysfunctional” board culture that led to the recent firing of most of the board.
Republicans Jon Stainbrook and Anthony DeGidio were removed from the BOE by Husted last month along with Democrat Ron Rothenbuhler after a lengthy review by a transparency committee appointed by Husted. BOE Director Gina Kaczala is being kept as interim director until a new director can be appointed. Deputy Director Dan DeAngelis resigned. The fourth board member, Democrat John Irish, had been suspended until a new board was chosen and will now be reinstated.
Husted said he made the appointments because of an upcoming special election on Aug. 5.
“As I have said time and time again, it had been my hope that these issues could be settled locally; however, that solution remains elusive. With litigation pending, it is my hope that we will reach resolution sooner rather than later. As I have in all other litigation, I will abide by the court’s order, but until the matter is resolved, I am charged with ensuring that the board of elections remains operational, and it cannot do so without this action today,” Husted said in a July 10 letter announcing the appointments.
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