COLUMBIANA COUNTY Five seek position on elections board

Nearly half a dozen people have expressed interest in the post so far.
LISBON -- Columbiana County Republican Party members are expected to meet next week to choose someone to replace G. Allen Dickey on the county election board.
Dickey, 72, died Aug. 27 at the Cleveland Clinic from complications after surgery. His funeral was Saturday.
"There has been some interest" in the post, Atty. Jerry Ward said Wednesday. Ward is chairman of the county Republican party and the election board.
Five people, so far, have said they would like to serve on the four-member panel, Ward said without elaborating.
Party members will meet Tuesday in Lisbon to select a person to finish the rest of Dickey's four-year term, which expires March 1, 2004.
Next step
Once an individual has been selected, his or her name will be submitted to Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, who will decide whether to approve the recommendation.
Typically the secretary of state agrees with the recommendation made by the county party, said John Payne, county election board director.
It generally takes several weeks for the secretary of state to formally approve a recommendation, Payne said. Nominees are subjected to a background check.
Payne added that he expects the secretary of state's formal approval will happen before the Nov. 5 general election.
Republicans are choosing Dickey's successor because he was a member of that party.
By law, each county election board must be made up of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.
In Columbiana County, election board members earn about $9,000 annually and receive health insurance. The salary and the insurance premiums are paid from the county general fund.
Dickey had served on the election board since 1996. He had been chairman of the panel for much of 2001 and part of this year before Ward replaced him as chairman.
Dickey was vice chairman when he died.
"I will miss him," Payne said of Dickey, a retired businessman.
"He was such a gentleman and very easy to work with. He was a forthright and generous man."

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