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Polivka, 66 electors challenge election of Frenchko

WARREN — In a legal action filed Monday morning, outgoing Democrat Commissioner Daniel Polivka and 66 petitioning voters are contesting the Nov. 3 election of Polivka’s Republican challenger, Niki Frenchko. Among the defendants listed in the civil action are Frenchko and the four members of the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

The plaintiffs, who are represented by Columbus attorney Rick Brunner, are challenging “election irregularities” dealing with questions over Frenchko’s residency. They want a judge to set a hearing in 15 to 30 days and want the court to rule that any claimed election of Frenchko be declared null and void. The lawsuit also asks the judge to either order the Board of Elections to declare Polivka as the winner of the Nov. 3 vote or the court order the board to hold a new election for commissioner.

If the matter isn’t decided by Jan. 3, 2021, the filing asks the judge to fill any vacancy in commissioner that would result.

The case has been assigned to Judge Andrew D. Logan.

The election board on Nov. 18 certified Frenchko’s election, in which she defeated Polivka by 4,506 votes. Polivka had held the office for 16 years.

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