The heir-apparent for the Summit County Republican Party was unanimously elected Wednesday night to head the party's executive committee.
Bryan Williams replaces Jonathan Pavloff, who had held this post since 2006.
Alex Arshinkoff, who has chaired the party since 1978, remains chair of the party's central committee and the overall chair. He wasn't feeling well and didn't attend the Wednesday meeting.
"I'll work with Bryan for four to six years," said Arshinkoff, 59. "Let him learn the ropes. He'll be a good chairman."
Arshinkoff said Williams, 47, will right away play "a significant role" in the party.
"He'll do fine," he said.
Williams, who serves on the Summit County elections board with Arshinkoff, is a former director and deputy director of the elections board, state legislator and a State Board of Education member. He currently is a lobbyist for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, a consortium of private construction companies.