County offices (county recorder)

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• Lori Calcei, 49, is a Republican and the current Suffield Township fiscal officer, as well as the Portage County District Library Deputy Fiscal Officer. She is a graduate of Mogadore High School.

If elected, Calcei would like to implement e-recording, where documents are submitted for recording online, then reviewed, recorded and returned to the submitter electronically. The system increases efficiency and saves time and money, Calcei said.

She said she will work “diligently to make sure the Recorder’s Office is efficient, accurate, readily available and technologically advanced.”

• Renee Howe-Aboul, 49, is the Democratic candidate on the ballot. She has been a deputy clerk for the Portage County Clerk of Courts for 16 years and attended Kent State.

If elected, Howe-Aboul said she would “make sure that our records would be current because we would record right away for customers that come into the office and any mail that we get will be recorded daily, so we will always remain current.”


• Brad Cromes, 32, is the current treasurer of Portage County. Cromes, a Democrat, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hiram College, a Master’s degree in Public Policy & Management from The Ohio State University, and a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law.  

On his campaign website at, Cromes said he wants to make sure “all taxpayers are paying their fair share, and that once those taxes are collected they are put to the best use possible,” and that the treasurer’s office can help make sure “Portage County taxpayers have access to the information they need to make good financial choices.” Cromes also said his office balances “safety with strong returns” when county funds are invested. 

Trisha Heath of Franklin Township is the Republican candidate for treasurer. No further information on her campaign is available.

Clerk of Courts

• Jill Fankhauser is the Democratic candidate. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and her law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Fankhauser was appointed to office in August to fill the position vacated by the retirement of her mother-in-law, Linda Fankhauser. Prior to becoming the clerk, Fankhauser practiced law for more than 12 years.

• Tia M. Paoloni, 54, is the Republican candidate for Portage County Treasurer. She is currently an assignment commissioner for Portage County Common Pleas Judge Becky Doherty and is the direct liaison between the Common Pleas Court and the Clerk of Courts. She also worked as a legal assistant in several area law offices and graduated from Field High School and Maplewood Vocational School in 1980.