WILLOUGHBY HILLS -- A meeting of county GOP leaders selected Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce to replace Rep. Steve LaTourette on the November ballot.
Rep. LaTourette is retiring after nine terms serving the 14th Congressional District.
The Republican county chairmen from the counties included in the 14th Congressional District, along with each county's central committee secretary, were involved in the meeting, although one member was unable to attend.
The counties involved were: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Summit and Trumbull.
Because LaTourette announced his retirement on Aug. 8, despite saying on July 31 that he was retiring and not running for re-election, the county GOP leaders were allowed to select a replacement on the ballot rather than hold a Republican primary.
Had he made the announcement before Aug. 8, a Republican primary to select his replacement would have been held.
The decision to select Joyce was unanimous. When contacted after the vote, GOP sources said the decision to select Joyce, 55, of Novelty, had already been made well before the meeting.
The meeting had barely been adjourned when Joyce supporters approached all members of the media in the room and handed them a printed announcement that Joyce would hold a press conference in Chardon at 3:30 p.m., about 47 minutes after the vote was taken.
The meeting was held in the Willoughby Hills Community Center in the O'Ryan Room.
Joyce held a press conference at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Geauga County Courthouse in Chardon.
WKYC's Tom Beres was also at the meeting and will have the latest tonight on Channel 3 News beginning at 5 p.m.