Tracey Winbush recommended by GOP for Mahoning elections board seat


By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

Tracey Winbush of Youngstown has been recommended to serve on the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

Winbush would replace Clarence R. Smith Jr. of Boardman, who resigned this month after 15 years as a board member.

Winbush was recommended unanimously Saturday by the county’s 36-member Republican Party executive committee and must be appointed by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, after successful completion of a background check.

Typically, Husted makes a decision on such appointments within a few weeks, said Mark Munroe, Mahoning County Republican Party chairman and board chairman.

If appointed by Husted, Winbush would complete Smith’s unexpired term, which ends Feb. 28, 2014.

Winbush, a former Youngstown Board of Education member, has a talk show, “Afternoons with Tracey and Friends,” from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on WSOM-AM 600 radio in Salem.

She also is a board member of Turning Point Counseling Services and a member of Boardman Rotary.

Winbush, who recently was elected assistant treasurer of the Ohio Republican Party, won’t join the elections board until Husted makes his decision, Munroe said.

The job pays about $15,000 annually and comes with full health care benefits.

Besides Munroe, board of elections members are Atty. David Betras, county Democratic Party chairman; and Robert Wasko, a Democrat and Campbell funeral director.

By law, the board consists of four members, two Republicans and two Democrats, with the Ohio secretary of state breaking any tie votes.

Smith retired as county Republican chairman in June 2010 after 12 years as party chief.

He also retired that year from managing Diamond Steel Construction Co., his family business. He also is a prominent local philanthropist.

A reception honoring Smith was Friday at the board’s headquarters.

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