Washington County Republicans pick new representative for board of elections

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - The board of elections in Washington County will soon have a new party representative.

The county's Republican party selected local attorney John Halliday to be its new board member at the board of elections at a meeting Monday night.

Each of Ohio's 88 counties has a board of elections and each has two members from each major political party who serve as board members.

Halliday will replace longtime member Jim Huggins, who's held the position since 2007.

"We are the board that oversees the board of elections and their employees," Halliday said, "to ensure that the elections and all the processes surrounding the elections are run in accordance with the rules of the secretary of state and laws of Ohio."

"It's very important for me to do this. I think it's a crucial public service. Voting is core to our constitution and being citizens of the United States and of Ohio."

Halliday has submitted his application to the secretary of state's office. If approved, he would start March 1.