ASHTABULA — The Republican precinct committee will be looking to fill the Ashtabula City Ward 4 council seat after Tuesday’s election.
After the certification of Tuesday’s election results, Ward 4 Councilman Michael Speelman, a Republican, came in second for an at-large seat, thus becoming vice president of council. Vice President Christopher McClure did not seek re-election.
“I’m super happy all those people turned out and voted for me,” Speelman said Wednesday. “I’m very grateful. I am encouraged that people voted for me when I’m not the typical politician ... they had faith I could do the job.”
Council President John Roskovics, a Democrat, won the top spot with 1,344 votes, which allows him to retain his seat, according to the Ashtabula County Board of Elections unofficial results.
Speelman received 807 votes and will vacate the Ward 4 seat, with two years remaining on the term, according to the unofficial results from the Board of Elections.
Members of the city’s Republican precinct committee will then meet to replace him.
Speelman said he hopes someone who will bring diversity to council, maybe a bit younger, will apply.
Ashtabula Republican Chair Charlie Frye, said it is up to the precinct committee to exercise its best judgement.
“We will advertise for resumes,” he said.
The committee will follow the Ohio Revised Code, which states the decision can not be made until five days after the official resignation, and no later than 45 days.
That means the committee could meet next month, but it will want to give interested people a chance to apply.
The committee will go behind closed doors and choose one person.
This most recently happened in May 2018 when Ashtabula County Democrats picked Richard Quaranta to fill the Ward 3 city council seat, vacated by Reginald Holman’s April 2, 2018 resignation.