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Ohio Democrats Prepare to Pick the Successor to Akron's Rep. Greta Johnson

Greta Johnson, representative 35th Ohio House District
Jo Ingles
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State House News Bureau
Greta Johnson, representative 35th Ohio House District

Democrats in the Ohio House are in the process of picking a new state representative for Barberton and south Akron.  Greta Johnson, who held the 35th  House District seat since January of 2015, has resigned to become assistant Summit County law director.  

Greta Johnson, representative 35th Ohio House District
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State House News Bureau
Greta Johnson, representative 35th Ohio House District

Who will finish Greta Johnson’s term—it runs through the end of 2018 —is up to the House Democratic Caucus, says Professor Stephen Brooks of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

“This is not as if there is going to be a primary and general election and all of those kinds of things.  This is within a party process.”  

Applications for the appointment and candidate interviews are going through a selection committee of five House Democrats.

Johnson says, “Those individuals will make a recommendation to the caucus.  And then every member of the caucus will vote on the replacement.  So, it’s done at the state level, rather than here in Summit County.”

Stephen Brooks, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
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Stephen Brooks, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

But Brooks says the state caucuses, Democrat or Republican, tend to carefully weigh local party advice in making such choices.   

Anyone who wants to be the replacement for  Greta Johnson has until this Friday to submit his or her name and resume. 

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Tim Rudell
Tim Rudell has worked in broadcasting and news since his student days at Kent State in the late 1960s and early 1970s (when he earned extra money as a stringer for UPI). He began full time in radio news in 1972 in his home town of Canton, OH.