With his health deteriorating, the ever-calculating chairman of the Summit County Republican Party was thinking about how his death would affect the party.

“To be candid, Alex and I conferred about who his replacement should be, should something happen,” said Bryan Williams, chair of the party’s executive committee.

Arshinkoff, 62, was a party chairman for nearly four decades. At the time of his death on Monday, he was one of the two Republicans serving on the four-member panel overseeing the Summit County Board of Elections.

And he chaired Attorney General Mike DeWine’s gubernatorial campaign in Summit County.

By Wednesday, the Summit County Republican Party’s website homepage had been stripped of all information, save a photo of Arshinkoff, below which read: “December 31, 1954 to August 28, 2017. Your memory will forever live in the hearts of Summit County Republicans.”

“It’s about all we can deal with right now,” Williams said of focusing this week on the loss of their leader.

But the three positions Arshinkoff held — within the party, on the elections board and with DeWine’s campaign — must be filled.

By Ohio statute, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, Ohio’s top elections chief, must appoint Arshinkoff’s successor on the local elections board. That name will come after a dinner meeting in about 12 days, Williams said.

The details and location have yet to be set. “It will be right at the end of the 15-day allotment” set by Ohio law to fill vacancies at local boards of elections, he said.

Williams said he’s talking to two candidates to succeed Arshinkoff as central committee chairman. Before he died, Arshinkoff had about five people in mind to fill in for him in the event of his death, Williams said.

Williams would not provide those names. But he did say that, true to his word, Arshinkoff will be picking his replacement.

An email left with DeWine’s gubernatorial campaign office seeking details on who would run his local efforts was not immediately answered.

Doug Livingston can be reached at 330-996-3792 or dlivingston@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow on Twitter: @ABJDoug.