House Democrats have picked Tavia Baxter Galonski to fill the void left in Columbus when former Rep. Greta Johnson returned to Akron to become the deputy law director for Summit County.

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), who spearheaded the selection committee, announced Wednesday that the House Democratic screening panel selected Galonski from a stack of eight applicants vying to serve the 35th House district.

“Among the many qualified applicants, Tavia’s leadership and experience make her the best possible representative for the 35th district,” said Cera in the Wednesday announcement. “We are confident constituents will have a real advocate for their future in Mrs. Galonski.”

Assistant Minority Whip Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) served on the selection committee. Democratic legislators in the minority will take a full vote on the floor of the Ohio House May 10 to accept the recommendation.

Galonski began her legal career as a staff attorney representing low-income clients for Western Reserve Legal Services. She then started her own practice and served as a para legal instructor at E.T.I. Technical College.

She was appointed to Summit County’s Domestic Relations Court in 2001 and in 2003 to the Summit County Juvenile Court, where she currently serves as magistrate.

“I believe my professional experience will enable me to be an effective advocate in Columbus for the families, children and working people of the thirty-fifth,” Galonski said in a press release. “Everyone deserves to be heard, but too often Ohio children and families feel like they do not have a voice at the Statehouse. I look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans to promote innovative policies that put people back to work, improve our education system, instill fairness in our justice system, and create good-paying jobs.”