Thursday (Jan. 9) is the deadline for any interested party to apply for an opening on the Portage County Board of Elections and to fill the open position of Portage County coroner.

The board of elections seat is currently held by Pat Nelson, who has applied for re-appointment.

But all other registered Democrats in Portage County can seek the seat by sending a noitice to Chairman Craig Stephens or secretary Cindy Greene in writing at P.O. Box 729, Ravenn 44266 or by email to or by hand delivery to Steohens' office at 206 S. Meridian St., Suite A. Ravenna. The notice must be received by 4 p.m. Jan. 9.

Persons interested in taking over the coroner's position also must apply in the same manner as listed above and by the same deadline. Dr. Roger Marcial resigned the position efective Dec. 31, 2013. The successor must be a medical physician.

The Portage County Democratic Central Executive Committee will meet Jan.16 at 6 p.m. at the Ravenna Elks to select a person for the board of elections seat and to name a new coroner.