COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A member of Ohio's state school board has died a day after casting a vote in the high-profile selection of a new state superintendent.
Jeff Hardin, 58, died of a heart attack Wednesday. Hardin was first elected to the 19-member board that sets policy for Ohio's public schools in 2008. On Tuesday, he had cast a vote that helped elect Richard Ross as Ohio's next public schools chief.
Ross is a top education adviser to Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).
Ohio law gives Kasich 30 days to fill Hardin's vacancy. His replacement would have to run for the post in November 2014.
Funeral services for Hardin are scheduled for Monday in Batavia. He will be buried in Hubbard the next day.