Democrat sworn in as newest BOE member

Mariann Penska was sworn in as the newest member of the Butler County Board of Elections on Thursday.

The Butler County Democratic Party picked Penska to succeed Kathy Wyenandt, the Democratic board member who resigned on Dec. 18. Wyenandt also resigned as the party’s Central Committee chair.

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Penska beat out former board of elections employee Tiffany Harmon for the recommendation.

She previously told the Journal-News she's excited to work with her Democratic Party counterpart, Frank Cloud, and Republican counterparts, Todd Hall and Chris Wunnenberg. Hall and Wunnenberg are the Butler County GOP's executive committee chair and central committee chair, respectively.

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Penska, 65, finished fourth for one of the two full-term West Chester Twp. trustee seats up for election this past November. She describes herself as “fiscally conservative and socially progressive,” a political mix she believes most people are today.

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