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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted rejected two Republican picks to fill the vacancies on the Lucas County Board of Elections (BOE), saying Kelly Bensman and Benjamin Roberts are too closely connected to the “dysfunctional” board culture that led to the recent firing of most of the board.
Bensman and Roberts were chosen as nominees during a meeting of the Lucas County Republican Party, chaired by recently removed BOE member Jon Stainbrook.
READ THE LETTER: Husted’s Letter to Stainbrook
Stainbrook and Republican 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. Only BOE member John Irish will remain on the board.
“As you are keenly aware, for three years my office has found itself in the position of regularly having to intervene at the Lucas County Board of Elections in order to ensure the proper administration of elections and board operations,” Husted wrote in a June 24 letter to Stainbrook. “My most recent action resulted in the removal of board members. In taking this action, I laid a framework for all to work within as we move toward a new culture at the Lucas County Board of Elections, consistent with the requirements of state law. As I have in all previous interventions in Lucas County, I provided another path forward by stating that I would not appoint anyone connected with the problems of the past that have led to these vacancies. However, as has been the case time and time again, the guidance has fallen on deaf ears.
“I will not let the Board of Elections slip backward into the dysfunction that has brought us here today,” Husted continued. “Should the Lucas County Republican Executive Committee choose to recommend two other electors to serve, I insist that they be unconnected to the well-documented problems of the past.”
The Republican Party must now choose two new nominees for Husted to consider.
Husted has not yet responded to the Democratic nominee of Brenda Hill to replace Rothenbuhler.