FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Secretary of State Husted Honors Four Outstanding Poll Workers for Their Service to Ohio
Columbus – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today awarded four Ohio precinct election officials with “Red Carpet Awards” for their dedication to running good elections in their communities. It takes approximately 40,000 poll workers to manage polling places on any given Election Day in Ohio, and these four individuals represent the cream of the crop:
Jean Vendetti a Democrat from Ashtabula County,
Josh Spengler, a Republican from Fairfield County,
Madelyn Damiano, a Democrat from Mahoning County, and
Lois Clark, a Republican from Ashtabula County.
“Poll workers are on the frontlines of every election and play a tremendous role in ensuring Ohio voters can cast their ballots with ease and integrity,” Secretary Husted said. “Poll workers certainly don’t do their jobs for the pay or the glory, but I want to be sure they know how much we appreciate their service.”
Upon his election, Secretary Husted instituted the Precinct Election Official “Red Carpet Award” in an effort to recognize the service and dedication of poll workers throughout Ohio. This program is part of his ongoing work to aid Ohio’s 88 boards of elections with the recruitment, training and retention of good elections officials. Awardees are nominated by boards of election and chosen annually by the Secretary of State’s office.
For more information on the Secretary of State’s poll worker program or to learn about becoming a precinct election official in Ohio, please visit www.PEOinOhio.com.
For more information, please contact Alexis Zoldan at (614) 995-2239.
PEO “Red Carpet” Award Winners for 2013
Jean Vendetti, Democrat – Ashtabula County
The Ashtabula County Board of Elections nominated Jean Vendetti. Jean has been a precinct election official for more than 30 years and has been one of the most dedicated precinct election officials for Ashtabula County. She is instrumental in operating her polling location on Election Day. She is efficient, dedicated, conscientious and hardworking.
Josh Spengler, Republican – Fairfield County
The Fairfield County Board of Elections submitted Josh Spengler as their PEO Red Carpet nominee. In addition to being a presiding judge for Fairfield County, Josh serves as staff sergeant with the Air Force Reserve. Staff Sergeant Spengler has served as a crew chief for the past six years. He is employed by Chipotle Corporation as a Payroll System Analyst and is active in many organizations.
Madelyn Damiano, Democrat – Mahoning County
The Mahoning County Board of Elections nominated Madelyn Damiano for PEO Red Carpet recognition. Madelyn became a precinct election official when John F. Kennedy served as President of the United States. She worked as a presiding judge until she was 84 and has stayed on to serve as a judge in the elections ever since. Madelyn serves as a faithful and dedicated precinct election official, only calling off once during her 52 years of service.
Lois Clark, Republican – Ashtabula County
Lois Clark has been a precinct election official for more than 30 years, holding the positions of presiding judge and judge. Lois is efficient in her responsibilities as a precinct election official. She plans ahead to visit the polling location the day before the election to check on the set up and arrangement of the room.