Leahy likely back on board

Four months into her retirement, a former director is expected to return to the Seneca County Board of Elections, after being recommended by the Seneca County Republican Executive Committee Wednesday night.

Janet Leahy, who served 24 years at the board of elections – including 12 as director – has been recommended by the committee to fill Cora Bour’s vacant seat, pending approval from Secretary of State Jon Husted.

“I want to stay connected to the Seneca County election process, and I care about the people I come in contact with,” Leahy said.

The other candidates the executive committee considered were committee chairman David Koehl and former county commissioner Mike Bridinger.

Leahy said she has been trained in various specialized areas dealing with elections, and she will respect and value the wishes of the Republican Party.

“Last year when I was director at the board of elections, the 2012 elections in Seneca County went extremely smooth,” she said. “This was due to the tremendous work of the board, staff and poll workers.”

In other business, the executive committee agreed to give $350 to the Seneca County Young Republicans Club.

Koehl expressed interest in starting a similar club for women in the county. He said an organizational meeting for a women’s club will be at 7 p.m. April 18 at Phat Cakes, after the Young Republicans Club meeting at the same location at 6 p.m.