Congratulations to Seneca County Treasurer Damon Alt on his new position as magistrate for Judge Mike Kelbley. Damon is resigning effective January 31, so the Republican Central Committee will need to meet between 5 and 45 days later to fill the vacancy, according to Ohio Revised Code section 305.02. I expect to be a candidate for the appointment.

The committee will also need to meet in January or early February to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for the Board of Elections seat currently held by Mike Bridinger. Mike plans be a candidate for re-appointment. The SOS normally appoints whoever the committee recommends, according to Ohio Revised Code section 3501.07.

Thursday, February 7, 2019, the Central Committee will meet at 7:00 pm at the Board of Elections office, 71 S.Washington St., Tiffin, to select officeholders for both of these positions. The meeting will be open to the public and press. The vacancies will be advertised in Tiffin and Fostoria newspapers, as required by our bylaws. If there is a snow emergency on February 7, the meeting will be rescheduled for Monday, February 11.