Kate McGuckin has been nominated by the Athens County Democratic Executive Committee to fill a vacancy on the county board of elections.

“This is something I’ve always been interested in. I just think it is fascinating,” McGuckin said. “It became available and I jumped on it.”

The actual appointment will be made by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, although such appointments usually are in accordance with the local party’s recommendation.

Democratic elections board member David Ratliff resigned at the end of last month, citing personal reasons.

Athens County Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathy Hecht said Athens attorney Sky Pettey was also interested in the appointment to the elections board. Both candidates made presentations to the Executive Committee, but McGuckin garnered the most votes, Hecht said.

McGuckin said she admires the work done by the elections board staff, and on Wednesday took a tour of the office. If the appointment goes forward as expected, McGuckin said she plans on attending a training session at the end of June.

McGuckin said she is interested in opposing any voter suppression efforts and said she has heard from the Ohio University College Democrats about their desire to make it easier for students to find their polling places.

Best known as the former executive director of My Sisters Place domestic violence shelter, McGuckin retired from that position at the end of 2011 after more than 26 years of service. She is currently chairwoman of the advisory committee of the Athens Foundation’s Women’s Fund.

Ratliff began serving on the board in January 2012, filling the unexpired term of Bill Bias, who resigned to run for Athens County treasurer last year. The unexpired term runs through Feb. 28, 2014.

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