A Democratic attorney who's served as an elections observer will likely be the newest board member.

Attorney Dimitrios Pousoulides will likely be succeeding Democrat Phil Giavasis as a member of the Stark County Board of Elections, Giavasis said.

The Stark County Democratic Party's executive committee has unanimously recommended Pousoulides serve the remainder of Giavasis' four-year term as a board member. They also recommended Stark County Democratic Party Chairman Sam Ferruccio be appointed to another four-year term.

Giavasis said Pousoulides is a member of the Stark Democrats executive committee and has long served as an election observer. He said it would be Pousoulides' first appointment to the Board of Elections. Giavasis said no other Democrats sought to be post.

Ferruccio is currently the Board of Elections chairman. By law, the board chairman has to be a member of the party that's not the party of the director of the Board of Elections. Jeff Matthews, the director of the Stark County Board of Elections is the Stark County Republican Party chairman. While it's not mandated by state law, the director of the Stark County Board of Elections by custom is the same party as that of the Ohio Secretary of State. That is now Republican Frank LaRose, the former state senator who represented western Stark County from 2013 to 2018.

The other two members of the board are Curt Braden, the former Stark County Republican Party chairman, and Republican attorney William Cline.

Giavasis, the former Stark County Democratic Party chairman, stepped down from the board after serving two stints as a board member, from 2011 to 2013 and March 2017 to Jan. 18. Both times he resigned because he was seeking election or re-election as Canton Municipal Clerk of Court.

By law, the Stark County Democratic Party Executive Committee recommends two Democrats to serve on the board. The Stark County Republican Party Executive Committee similarly recommends two Republicans to serve on the four-member board.

If they pass a background check, the Ohio Secretary of State typically appoints the recommended candidates to serve on the board, which oversees elections in the county.

Reach Repository writer Robert Wang at (330) 580-8327 or robert.wang@cantonrep.com.

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Correction: The chairman of the Stark County Board of Elections by law has to be affiliated with the political party that's not the political party of the director of the Board of Elections. A prior version of this article misstated what state law requires in terms of a county Board of Election chairman's party affiliation.