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Maier is again Stark sheriff after a fight that included the Ohio Supreme Court
George Maier beats Louis Darrow after a fierce fight among Stark County Democrats

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George Maier was first appointed sheriff in February.
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For the second time -- and following a fight that reached the Ohio Supreme Court -- Stark County Democrats have appointed George Maier sheriff.

The vote among the Democratic executive committee members, according to the Canton Repository, was 101-65. That followed some passionate speeches, including one by interim sheriff Tim Swanson.

The job came open after Swanson decided not to run again, and Mike McDonald won the November 2012 election. He then resigned because of health reasons.

Maier and Louis Darrow were among those putting in for the appointment in February, and Maier beat Darrow narrowly then. But opponents, led by Swanson and Stark County Prosecutor John Ferrero challenged the appointment, saying Maier's time with the Highway Patrol did not count as the experience required of a sheriff's candidate. They went to court, and the Ohio Supreme Court overturned Maier's appointment last month.

That set up tonight's rematch. In the interim, Maier had becoMe a deputy in Harrison County to gain the necessary experience.

Swanson told WKSU's Tim Rudell tonight that he doesn't know if he'll try to take the challenge of the appointment further.
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