A former Boardman trustee and the wife of a congressman are GOP Electoral College members


By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

Ex-Boardman Trustee Kathy Miller along with LeeAnn Johnson, the wife of U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, are among 18 Republicans selected to be presidential electors – those who cast Ohio’s Electoral College votes if Donald Trump wins the state.

The Ohio Republican Party’s central committee met Friday to approve the list of presidential electors submitted by Trump’s campaign. Miller will represent the 13th Congressional District that includes parts of Mahoning, Trumbull, Summit, Portage and Stark counties.

“It is so thrilling that I was asked to do this,” said Miller, who volunteers for the campaign serving as chairwoman of Mahoning County for Trump. “It’s exciting. I’ll have to read up on my responsibilities. I know what an electorate is and I know about the Electoral College. I know he has to win first, and then I have to be in Columbus to vote.”

That’s about it.

Presidential electors of the winning candidate in their states meet Dec. 19 in their state capital to vote for president and vice president based on the popular vote.

Miller, a real-estate broker and appraiser, was elected to two four-year terms as Boardman trustee in 2001 and 2005. She unsuccessfully ran for re-election in 2009 and, running as a Republican, she lost an Ohio House race in 2004.

“Like so many people, I’m fed up with the direction of the country,” she said. “You see what goes on, and you get very frustrated about the economy and the structure of our country. Mr. Trump brings a great perspective as a businessman to fixing those problems.”

LeeAnn Johnson of Marietta, co-chairwoman of Ohio Women for Trump, was selected as a statewide at-large presidential elector. Her husband, Bill, is a congressman representing 18 counties including all of Columbiana and a southern portion of Mahoning.

The two have actively campaigned for Trump.

The Johnsons met privately for 15 to 20 minutes with Trump before the Republican presidential nominee’s June 28 rally in St. Clairsville. It was during that meeting that the two embraced Trump’s candidacy.

Ohio Democrats will meet Sept. 24 in Columbus to select their presidential electors.

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