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The Republicans may need recognized their inheritor obvious to Joe Deters.

Hamilton County GOP Chairman Alex Triantafilou is now being checked out because the successor to the lengthy-time Hamilton County prosecutor, insiders informed Politics Additional this week.

PX reached out to Triantafilou, who declined questions on the potential of him being appointed to exchange Deters sometime. However he did say he needs Deters to stay prosecutor so long as attainable.

Triantafilou, forty six, had been thought-about for a gap on the federal bench, however this month was knowledgeable he wouldn’t be getting an open seat on the U.S. District Courtroom of Southern Ohio. With that choice off the desk, Triantafilou has moved to the forefront of speak about being appointed to switch Deters.

Let’s be clear: Deters’ exit is not imminent. However he is nonetheless kicking across the concept of operating for the Courtroom of Appeals subsequent yr, as PX first reported last month.

Regardless, even mere talk of the 60-year-old Deters possibly leaving has forced Republicans to face the reality that he’s not going to be around forever. And with Democrats storming the gates of Hamilton County government, Republicans know they need to get a strong succession plan in place if they want to keep control of the most powerful seat in local politics.

It’s going to be a monumental challenge for the GOP to keep its grip on the prosecutor’s office in 2020. It’s a presidential election year, and there’s a strong chance Democratic rising star Aftab Pureval will run for prosecutor. The clerk of courts is on a fast track to big things in politics, and PX continues to wonder whether any Republican around here can stop him.

But peering into the crystal ball, Triantafilou would give the GOP their best chance to hold onto the prosecutor’s office. The Green Township resident has relationships with deep-pocketed donors from here to Washington and is respected by GOP leaders in every burgh across the county.

Triantafilou has been GOP chair since 2008 and is a former municipal and common pleas judge. He is part of the Dinsmore law firm’s litigation team. He’s become known as the go-to attorney for local sports stars when they have run-ins with the law – having represented trouble-prone Bengal Adam Jones and ex-Reds Brandon Phillips and Mike Leake.

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