Mahoning Dems set Friday deadline for candidates to apply for judgeship

By David Skolnick


Those interested in seeking the Mahoning County Democratic Party’s nomination on the Nov. 4 ballot to succeed Judge James C. Evans of common pleas court have until 5 p.m. Friday to tell the party chairman.

The party’s precinct committee members, who will vote on the Democratic nominee, will meet sometime in early August to make that decision, said Chairman David Betras.

“Although we haven’t set a meeting date yet, I want to make sure that anyone interested in seeking the nomination has ample time to contact the members of the central committee and campaign for the post,” he said.

Those wanting to apply need to contact Betras by email at or by phone at 330-503-9696.

Judge Evans announced last month that he was retiring from the bench, effective Sept. 1.

The county Republican Party on Thursday submitted to Gov. John Kasich, a fellow Republican, the names of three candidates to replace Judge Evans on an interim basis.

The governor could appoint a replacement next month to immediately succeed Judge Evans after he retires.

The person selected would keep the judge’s seat until after the county board of elections certified the Nov. 4 election results. The winner of the election would fill the rest of Judge Evans’ term, which expires Dec. 31, 2016.

The three candidates recommended by the county GOP are: Anthony M. D’Apolito, Shirley Christian and Robert J. Andrews.

D’Apolito already has notified Betras of his intent to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination, and has met with precinct committee members in an effort to garner their votes.

“I encourage anyone interested in the position to submit their name and begin contacting the members of the central committee,” Betras said. “Our process is open and fair, and our only goal is to nominate a highly qualified candidate who will win in November and then serve the people of Mahoning County with distinction and honor in the years ahead.”

Mahoning Republicans haven’t scheduled a date for applicants to apply for their nomination or for precinct committee members to meet and select a candidate.

The local GOP will likely wait for Kasich to appoint before meeting to select its nominee, said Chairman Mark Munroe.

The parties have until Sept. 10 to select a candidate. Independent candidates have until Sept. 11 to file with the board of elections.

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