4 Dems drop out of Appeals Court race
By TOM GIAMBRONI
LISBON — Four of the five Democratic judicial candidates for the local appeals court have dropped out of the May 8 primary election, leaving only one.
Columbiana County elections board director Adam Booth reported at Tuesday’s meeting Damian DeGenova of Poland, Holly Hanni of Boardman, Aaron Hively of New Middletown and Mark Hanni of Youngstown have withdrawn from the Democratic primary for a seat on the Ohio 7th District Court of Appeals.
The withdrawal requests of DeGenova and Ms. Hanni arrived after the ballots were printed, so their names will appear on the Democratic ballot, and any votes they receive will go uncounted.
This leaves David D’Apolito of Boardman as the lone Democratic candidate for the appeals court judgeship.
The Republican candidate is former county domestic relations magistrate Kathleen Bartlett, who was appointed to the court last month after Judge Mary DeGenaro was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Booth also reported that voter registration ended Monday, marking the start of the period when people can vote early at the office or by obtaining an absentee ballot in the mail. A total of 268 absentee ballot requests have been received to date — 126 by Democrats, 130 by Republicans and 12 by independents.
The board will be open until 5 p.m. the next three weeks to accommodate those who want to stop by and vote early. The office will be open until 7 p.m. the week of April 30 for the same reason, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 and 1 to 5 p.m. May 6.