The House took a brief pause from campaign activity this week to return to Columbus to seat two new members. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) and Derrick Merrin (R-Monclavia Twp.) were appointed to fill vacancies in the 3rd and 47th House Districts, respectively.
Gavarone was selected by a House Republican screening committee to replace former representative Tim Brown who resigned to take a job with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. Merrin won the Republican primary for the 47th House District, the seat held by term-limited Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania). Sears vacated her seat early to take a position with the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation.