Gov. John Kasich announced today that Bryan Williams, former Republican state legislator and former deputy director of the the Summit County Elections Board will replace Tamara O'Brien on the State Board of Education.
O'Brien was recently appointed as a Summit County Common Pleas judge. Williams will have to run in the November, 2012, election to serve the remainder of her term, which ends in 2014.
Williams stepped down from the Summit County Board of Elections last month. Williams has been working as a lobbyist for the Associated Builders and Contractors. The organization, which represents non-union construction firms, opposed project labor agreements such as the ones used on some of Akron's new school buildings. PLAs require contractors to pay prevailing union wages and benefits.
The Ohio School Facilities Commission, which oversees the state school construction program that shares costs with local districts, announced in February that it will no longer fund PLA projects.