70 from Valley apply for positions



A Warren judge and a former Youngstown one also applied for jobs.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER
Two state House members, a former state legislator, an ex-county commissioner and a new one as well as some failed political candidates are among the 70 people from the Mahoning Valley who have submitted applications to work in the Gov. Ted Strickland administration.
State Rep. Kenneth A. Carano of Austintown, D-59th, applied for regional director of the Ohio Lottery Commission for the Youngstown area.
Carano was elected in November 2006 to his fourth two-year term in the state House, and the state term-limits law forbids him to run for the seat in 2008.
Carano says his chances of getting the appointment are "fairly promising." But with Strickland's administration still concentrating on making Cabinet and other high-level appointments, Carano said it will be a few months before the regional lottery director spot is filled.
Also, state Rep. Sandra Stabile Harwood of Niles, D-65th, and former state Sen. and Rep. Anthony A. Latell Jr. of Girard submitted r & eacute;sum & eacute;s for positions in the administration. Neither was chosen to fill a vacancy in the state Senate created when Attorney General Marc Dann resigned to assume his new position.
Applicants for positions in the Strickland administration were asked to select jobs in departments overseen by the governor's office.
What they picked
Stabile Harwood, who began serving her third two-year term in the House on Jan. 2, listed the departments of aging, development, health and the governor's office as well as "other." Latell only listed "other" on his application.
"I just threw my name in there," Latell said. "I thought I would submit and see what's out there. I want to serve in some capacity."
Stabile Harwood said, "If there's a fit, I'm willing to join his administration. You never know down the road what can open up."
Applicants for jobs in the administration of Strickland, a Lisbon Democrat, must fill out a form on a Web site -- http://governor2.ohio.gov/Employment/tabid/62/Default.aspx -- which lists 24 departments and "other." Candidates also had to attach their r & eacute;sum & eacute;s. With the switch to a Democratic governor after 16 years of Republicans holding the office, the Strickland administration and transition team were swamped with applications.
The Strickland administration provided the names and home counties of every applicant, some who are interested in jobs in all 24 departments and "other," to The Vindicator on Friday.
Other notable applicants
Other names of note from Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties submitting applications include:
Judge Thomas Gysegem of Warren Municipal Court for positions in the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the governor's office and "other."
Patrick Kerrigan, a former Youngstown Municipal Court judge, for positions in six departments including Rehabilitation and Correction. Kerrigan was sentenced in 1998 to 30 months in federal prison for three counts of affecting interstate commerce by extortion.
Catherine DeFazio, a former Columbiana County commissioner who worked for Strickland when he was a congressman. Her husband, John, also applied for a job in Strickland's administration.
Penny Traina, appointed earlier this week as a Columbiana County commissioner. Traina submitted her application Dec. 30, 2006, before her appointment. Traina couldn't be reached Friday to comment, but it's doubtful she's still interested in working for Strickland after the appointment.
Hubbard Auditor Michael Villano, who was the Boardman Township administrator for about three weeks in July 2006.
Mark Belinky, the Mahoning County Democratic Party secretary who lost a 2004 county commissioner primary, to serve part time in the local Ohio Department of Development office.
Frank Rayl, who ran unsuccessfully in 2004 as a Democrat for the Ohio House 1st District seat.
Anthony Caldwell, who lost the 2006 Democratic primary for the Ohio House 60th District race.
Jim Petuch, director of the Mahoning County Solid Waste Management District, for chief of the division of recycling and litter prevention. Petuch said he applied with the blessing of the three county commissioners.
Anthony Carson of Trumbull County applied for positions in 24 departments and "other." It could not be determined if the applicant was the same Anthony Carson who was Trumbull County administrator before resigning in July 2006, Carson couldn't be reached Friday to comment. A Strickland spokesman said the office doesn't have a r & eacute;sum & eacute; for Carson.
Also, Julie Michael Smith, who served as Republican Gov. Bob Taft's Mahoning Valley representative for economic development, applied for her old job. Robert Pike, a Valley regional representative for Republican Jim Petro when he was state auditor and attorney general, applied for positions in five departments.

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