Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has removed Lucas County Board of Elections members Anthony DiGidio, Ron Rothenbuhler and Jon Stainbrook.
In a letter obtained by the Toledo Free Press, the three have been removed effective immediately. Jon Irish, the only board member not recommended for removal, has been suspended until the new board members are sworn in. Husted cites Irish's actions on Election Night in May as the reason for his suspension. Gina Kaczala will remain as the Interim Director until new board members are sworn in. They will then select a new director. Elections Services Manager LaVera Scott will take over as the interim Deputy Director. She fills the spot vacated last month when Dan DeAngelis resigned.
Secretary Husted concluded the letter, saying "it was always my hope that the Lucas County Board of Elections would work to resolve their issues locally. However, after several interventions by my office, and the unprecedented undertaking of the Transparency Committee culminating with this removal process, it is clear that change at the Lucas County Board of Elections is necessary."