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Three attorneys offered as Belinky's successors

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Ohio Governor John Kasich now has the names of three attorneys to consider as replacements for Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky who resigned amid a criminal investigation.

The Mahoning County Republican Party Judicial Screening Committee sent a letter to the governor's office revealing it's recommendations of candidates to complete Belinky's term, which runs through the rest of 2014.

The list consists of Mary Ann Fabrizi of Berlin Center, Robert Rusu Jr. of Canfield and Chris Sammarone of Canfield.

Sammarone is also on the May primary election ballot, seeking the  Democratic party nomination to run for the next term of Mahoning County Probate Judge.

Susan Maruca submitted her name to the screening committee, but she was not selected among the three finalists for the governor's consideration. Maruca is Sammarone's only opponent in the primary.

There are no Republicans running for Probate Court Judge.

The committee considered several factors, including education, work experience, references, community involvement, Mahoning County Bar Association assessments, and presentations to the committee.

Whoever receives the appointment will have to run for election this year, so they also considered political factors.

The governor is expected to chose a replacement for Belinky before mid-June.

Belinky resigned on March 14 amid a state investigation of alleged corruption, theft in office, money laundering and bribery.  No charges have been filed against Belinky.

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