Polivka wins new term on commission


Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — Incumbent Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka won a three-way race for commissioner with 50.4 percent of the vote, according to incomplete, unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Polivka, a longtime politician who served as a councilman in Warren and as a commissioner, spent the most money among the candidates to keep the seat. Polivka also serves as chairman of the Trumbull County Democratic Party.

Mary Williams, a Republican who has been a member of the of the Lakeview school board since 2009, received 43.8 percent of the vote. Todd Johnson, a write-in candidate, won 5.7 percent of the vote.

Polivka expressed appreciation to his supporters — those who have been with him from his first campaign and the new people who embraced his candidacy this year.

“I am humbled by their support,” Polivka said. “I promise to continue to keep a tight eye on the county’s budget.”

Williams said she ran for the office because she was concerned about the county’s hiring practices and how it has been operating.

This was her first attempt at a countywide seat.

“We’ve had people who worked hard on this campaign,” she said.

“We worked diligently. I believe people are afraid of change. They were given the opportunity in Trumbull and Mahoning counties to embrace new faces, but instead of stepping out and taking a chance, they choose to remain with the status quo.”

Williams said she expects to remain active. “I am not going away quietly into the night,” she said.

Johnson said he believes if a person is passionate about something, the person should pursue it, regardless of the outcome.

“I have a passion for serving my community,” Johnson said.

“Whether I would run again would depend on prayers and discussions I would have with my family.”