Newbold off Fifth District ballot

LISBON – Two fewer people will be running for election, after the Columbiana County Board of Elections voted Tuesday to accept the withdrawals of Craig E. Newbold and Mark Anthony Hanni.

Newbold was running as the Republican candidate for state representative of the Fifth District. Hanni had planned to run for the Seventh District Court of Appeals, but has withdrawn reportedly to run for a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge position.

The board also accepted the write-in application for Newbold’s chosen replacement, Republican candidate Tim Ginter. Ginter ran for state senator in 2008, losing to Democrat Jason Wilson.

During Tuesday’s meeting, board member Larry Bowersock questioned Ginter’s residency on his application, noting he believed Ginter sold his residence at 748 S. Lincoln Ave. in Salem. Board Director Adam Booth noted Ginter listed the South Lincoln Avenue address when he voted last November.

Additionally, the board approved the write-in application for John Ramsey, who is running for the Republican Central Committee from the Center Township Northwest precinct.

In other matters:

* The board discussed the possible need in the future for new voting machines. Booth said the machines were new in May 2006. Booth said while the manufacturer notes the machines can last up to 20 years, he is concerned there could one day be an issue.

Due to consolidation of polling precincts, the board currently has 16 to 18 spare machines, which can be taken to precincts in the event of a malfunction on election day.

Still Booth said he has approached county commissioners with the idea of funding new machines at a later time. He believes filing fees and other money collected by the board should be put into a fund for the purchase of new equipment. Booth said the commissioners said they would take it under advisement.

* Patty Colian was elected chairman for this year, while James Beardsley was elected vice-chairman. Booth will continue as the director and Kim Fusco will serve another year as deputy director.

* There will be training for new poll workers in mid-April. Booth said there were few changes so training will only be required for new poll workers.