Republican appointed to vacant court of appeals seat
Gov. John Kasich appointed a Columbiana County Common Pleas Court magistrate to fill a vacant seat on the 7th District Court of Appeals.
Kathleen Bartlett of North Jackson, a magistrate for the past 12 years, is the lone Republican candidate for this seat in the election and was the only person to apply for the open position.
Her appointment is effective April 9. Kasich, a Republican, made the announcement Friday.
Bartlett, who is also a part-time magistrate in Leetonia’s mayor’s court, will face the winner of the two-person Democratic primary in the November general election.
The Democratic candidates are Judge David A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Area Court and Atty. Holly Hanni, both of Boardman.
The position pays $152,850 annually.
The appeals position was vacated Jan. 26 by Judge Mary DeGenaro, who was selected to fill an unexpired term on the Ohio Supreme Court. She is the lone Republican candidate for that spot on the state’s highest court.
The 7th District handles cases from Mahoning, Columbiana, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe and Noble counties. The court is located in downtown Youngstown.