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Gamble ballot certification reportedly in question

LISBON – Friday’s routine meeting of the Columbiana County Board of Election may be anything but routine.

WKBN First News, the Salem News’ news partner, is reporting the fate of the Democratic candidate for county prosecutor could be decided at the meeting.

Elections board director Kim Fusco was asked about the report and declined comment, other than to say the purpose of the meeting was to certify liquor options for placement on the Nov. 3 election ballot, which has to be done by Monday.

According to WKBN, whatever is going on has to do with this past Monday being the deadline for the county Democratic Party to file paperwork with the board certifying the party chose assistant county prosecutor John Gamble to replace his boss, Robert Herron, on the ballot. Herron had filed to seek re-election but changed his mind and dropped out of the race in May.

The Democratic Party filed paperwork with the board in late July stating they had chosen Gamble to replace Herron on the ballot. The party was responsible for naming a replacement since Herron is a Democrat.

Elections board president David Johnson also declined to get into specifics when contacted, but he did say “the matter is under review.”

The list of candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot can be found on the elections board website, but Gamble’s name is not among them. The list says “vacant” when it comes to the Democratic nominee for prosecutor.

Gamble was charged last week by the Ohio Attorney General’s office with violating state election laws for posting a photograph on his campaign Facebook page of himself and police officers supporting him. The group included classified police officers from the East Liverpool Police Department. The charges are misdemeanors.

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