Trumbull County Democratic Party chairman Dan Polikva and Niles Mayor Ralph Infante say they aren't concerned that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted won't agree with the party and place Infante back on the county board of elections.
Infante was the Democrats' nomination to replace board member and former state lawmaker Sandra Stabile Harwood, who has stepped down to run for a county Family Court judge.
He would return to the seat that Harwood filled for him when he stepped down earlier this year to run for re-election. The term expires in February.
Elected officials are allowed to serve on boards of elections, but cannot do so while campaigning.
Polivka's attitude is tempered with realism, saying Infante should get the appointment, but nothing is for sure.
Polivka was probably confident he would receive the elections board seat when Democrats nominated him after Infante resigned, especially with the evidence presented to Husted that, at least temporarily, a county commissioner - which Polivka is - can sit on the elections board.
Husted disagreed, arguing the positions were not compatible due to conflicts of interest. Afterward, Husted, who has the ultimate authority, appointed Harwood.
Infante doesn't have that challenge. Plus, he served the board well during his previous time and issues that prevented his being appointed to the board in 2004 when former Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell rejected Infante's nomination are ancient history.
The party's executive committee picked Infante, the only Democrat to seek the nomination, on Dec. 22, so a decision by Husted could be this week or next.
A board member earns $14,316 a year.
There were no surprises after Friday's candidate filing deadline for U.S. congressional races.
Everyone who met the Dec. 7 deadline met it by Friday too. The new deadline is part of election law that returned Ohio to a single 2012 primary and put into place new U.S. Congressional District boundaries for Ohio. Anyone who filed by the Dec. 7 deadline was required to re-file nominating petitions. The old ones were voided.
In the newly drawn 13th District, which contains large portions of Trumbull and Portage counties and smaller parts of Mahoning and Summit counties, Democrat U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan of Niles and Republican Marisha G. Agana of Howland filed.
In the 6th District, which includes a portion of southern Mahoning County, there are contested Republican and Democrat primaries.
Republicans who filed were U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta and Victor Smith of Waterford.
Former St. Clairsville district Rep. Charlie Wilson, who was defeated by Johnson, will have competition in the primary from Cas Adulewicz of Steubenville.
In the 14th District, which includes a portion of northern Trumbull County, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette of Bainbridge filed as did Democrat Dale Virgil Blanchard of Solon, Libertarian David Macko of Solon and Green party candidates Elaine Mastromatteo of Bristol.