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Gov. Kasich to appoint successor to Douglas



Published: Sun, May 13, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

Mahoning Republicans will recommend three

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

There won’t be a special election in November to fill the seat on Youngstown Municipal Court being vacated Aug. 1 by Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr., according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

An initial review of state law and the Ohio Constitution led city Law Director Anthony Farris and Mahoning County Republican Party Chairman Mark Munroe to believe an election in November would be needed.

But in a late Friday email to Farris, Gretchen A. Quinn, the secretary of state’s elections counsel, clarified the issue.

State law can give the impression that an election is needed, but “must be read together with the controlling provisions of” the state Constitution, she wrote.

Quinn emphasized a passage about a special election not being needed for a judicial seat with a term that expires the following year.

“The good news is, we finally have a definitive answer,” Munroe said. “The law is complex and has moving parts. That’s why it ended up with the secretary of state. They see this all the time.”

Judge Douglas announced April 30 that he would retire Aug. 1 from his seat on the city’s municipal court. His term ends Dec. 31, 2013.

Under state law, Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, fills judicial vacancies.

The governor has asked the county Republican Party to initiate the search to replace Judge Douglas, a Democrat.

The county party will announce in the next week or two a time line for filling the vacancy, Munroe said.

The party will accept applications and then interview candidates, recommending three to the governor, Munroe said.

The governor’s office will vet the finalists and choose Judge Douglas’ replacement.

The local GOP screening process and recommendations will be given to Kasich before the judge’s retirement date, Munroe said.

“We want to give him plenty of time to make a decision by Aug. 1,” Munroe said of the governor.

Munroe said he’s already been contacted by about a half-dozen attorneys interested in the appointment.

Because there aren’t many lawyers who live in Youngstown interested in the job, the person appointed could be a Democrat.

Judge Douglas was appointed to a vacancy in November 1997 by then-Gov. George V. Voinovich, a Republican.


Comments

1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

it's up to the Governor to appoint whomever he believes is best for the position based upon the recommendations he receives from the Party Chairman.

I don't believe Betras or the ghost of Hanni are the operatve chairman.

Did Mr. Skolnick get this wrong in his earlier article?

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2hmm(179 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

What has happened to WE the PEOPLE .... FOR the PEOPLE.... No reason NOT to have an election, this is BS

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3rmzrez(114 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

COST , COST ,COST . You can vote him out next election , if you vote.

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4glbtactivist(245 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like another crooked move by the Republicans in Columbus to bypass local laws about replacement of this judge. Kasich, Mandel and the other crooked Republicans in Columbus clearly hate democracy. They constantly try to limit or eliminate voting rights in Ohio.

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5Photoman(994 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

To avoid the appearance of politics, I'd suggest Dave Betras be allowed to make the appointment.

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6fd6636(255 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Repulibs in action again!!

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7DavidSkolnick(49 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Chuck,

The answer to your question is no, I didn't get it wrong in an earlier article.

Here's a link to the first article: http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/may/01...

Here's a link to my Friday column on the subject: http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/may/11...

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8AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Why does the gov select a judge for a city? I can see the selection by kasick for a state court but not a city. The city should have its own laws about replacing a judge.

I still believe a judge should NOT be party affliated.

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9commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe all of you that don't agree with the ruling should READ the law and the comment.

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10Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

This what you voted in, this is what you get . Live with it .The Right is Loving it
So suck it up . You left wing freaks

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11UticaShale(850 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Good, Youngstown needs free enterprise leaders to offset decades of 60% entitled dolesters.

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12praxis95(51 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

AAC. Judges in Ohio are elected officials, as such they our topical affiliated with a political party, however the party affiliation is not permitted on the ballot. That's why on a ballot in a contested race only the name of the candidate for judge appears.

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