By RON SELAK JR.
WARREN - Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda, in his landslide victory of the Democratic nomination for commissioner Tuesday, won all but three communities in Trumbull County.
As expected, he didn't win Hubbard and Hubbard Township - the home base of his challenger, Lisha Pompili-Baumiller, who also took Greene in northern Trumbull County, 18 to 17.
Unofficial returns from the Trumbull County Board of Elections show that Fuda, who jumped out to a 75 percent to 25 percent advantage and held that margin through the night, won in Warren by more than 1,713 votes; in Niles, Fuda's home base, by 1,391 votes; in Howland by 1,105 votes.
Pompili-Baumiller, a councilwoman in Hubbard, squeaked by in the areas she won. In Hubbard, her margin of victory was 159 votes; in Hubbard Township, 46 votes; and in Greene, just the one vote.
Trumbull County commissioner
Communities won by Trumbull County commissioner Frank Fuda, who won the nomination - Warren, Niles, Girard, Cortland, Bazetta, Bloomfield, Braceville, Bristol, Brookfield, Champion, Farmington, West Farmington, Fowler, Gustavus, Hartford, Howland, Johnston, Kinsman, Liberty, Lordstown, McDonald, Mecca, Mesopotamia, Newton Falls, Newton Township, Southington, Vernon, Vienna, Warren Township and Weathersfield
Communities won by county commissioner candidate Lisha Pompili-Baumiller - Hubbard, Hubbard Township and Greene
Trumbull County Probate Court judge
Communities won by attorney James A. Fredericka, who won the nomination - Warren, Niles, Girard, Hubbard, Cortland, Brookfield, West Farmington, Fowler, Gustavus, Hartford, Howland, Hubbard, Kinsman, Liberty, Lordstown, McDonald, Mecca, Newton Falls, Newton Township, Vernon, Vienna, Warren Township and Weathersfield
Communities won by attorney Patricia Leopardi Knepp - Bazetta, Bloomfield, Braceville, Bristol, Champion, Farmington, Greene, Hartford, Johnston and Southington
Attorney William Flevares, a third candidate, did not win any communities in Trumbull County
Niles liquor option
A liquor option in Niles appears to be headed toward a recount. The question of whether should on premises beer, wine and mixed beverages be sold on Sundays at Red Dragon Convenient Store on Main Street is tied 49-49, according to incomplete, unofficial returns from Election Day.
Kelly Pallante, director of the Trumbull County Elections Board, said board workers are still going through the final review / accounting process, but as of Wednesday, there were no provisional ballots that needed counted in the precinct, Niles 4F. Also, all absentee ballots have been returned from the precinct.
If a recount confirms the total, the option will be defeated.
Fuda's win sets up a challenge in November with Patricia Hale Paridon of McDonald, who won the Republican primary election for commissioner unopposed, and who actively supported and campaigned for Pompili-Baumiller. Fuda is seeking his third term as commissioner.
The results will remain unofficial and incomplete until May 23, when the board of elections will certify the final results.
In Tuesday's other contested countywide race, attorney James A. Fredericka can chalk up his win to Warren, Niles and Howland, where he received 1,700 votes, 1,304 votes and 1,130 votes respectively, and strong numbers in several other areas.
In Warren, Niles and Howland, Fredericka received 1,192 more votes than second-place finisher, attorney Patricia Leopardi Knepp.
Fredericka showed strong in Liberty, getting 181 more votes than Leopardi Knepp; in McDonald, where he received 125 more than Leopardi Knepp; and in Weathersfield, where his 481 votes was 207 more than gotten by Leopardi Knepp.
Leopardi Knepp beat Fredericka in several communities, but the margins were slim. In Bazetta, her win was by three votes; in Bloomfield, 12 votes; in Bristol, 40 votes; Champion, 13 votes; Greene and Johnston, 14 votes each; and Southington, 22 votes.
Fredericka received 52 percent of the vote and Leopardi Knepp, 39. A third candidate, attorney William Flevares, received 9.
Fredericka is unopposed in the November general election unless someone files as a write-in candidate.