Tod Latell gets nod in Trumbull County recorder bid

Diana Marchese is leaving behind big shoes as Trumbull County Recorder.

We believe Tod Latell is the better candidate to fill them.

Latell’s background as assistant vice president, branch manager and registered investment representative at Huntington National Bank has given him the business background and management experience he needs for the seat and will help him maintain an already well-run operation in the recorder’s office. The time he has spent in the Trumbull County recorder’s office with Marchese and her staff will help prepare him for the post he could be stepping into.

Latell, a Democrat from Girard, is facing Debbie Roth, a Republican from Warren Township. Marchese, longtime Democratic recorder, is not seeking re-election.

It is Latell’s first attempt at countywide elected office.

Roth works as a supervisor for Community Bus Service and previously held elected office on the LaBrae Board of Education.

Latell spoke knowledgably during a recent interview about operations at the county department, accurately pinpointing details about the budget and staffing levels in both the recorder’s office and the microfilm department / county archives, which also fall under the recorder’s supervision.

We also were impressed with Latell’s frankness about items he still needs to learn. He was quick to point out the Ohio Revised Code lists more than 1,000 items that deal with the recorder’s office. He said he already is anticipating a meeting with Trumbull Prosecutor Dennis Watkins to begin learning the intricacies of laws that govern recorder operations.

We also believe Latell’s awareness of cyber-security threats lends itself well to the role of Trumbull County recorder.

Both candidates said they will follow closely the path that Marchese has established, but will work to advance the office’s technology.

Roth said she is running, in part, because she believes Trumbull County’s one-party system has left the government open to little or no accountability.

We agree with that assessment and applaud her for stepping up to challenge the existing party in this countywide office.

At the end of the day, however, it is Latell’s background and strong qualifications that we believe better match the requirements for Trumbull County recorder, earning him our endorsement.