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High court turns down Polivka’s bid for election appeal

The Ohio Supreme Court today dismissed the legal appeal of former Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka filed following his defeat by challanger, Niki Frenchko in the November general election.

Frenchko, a Republican, defeated then-incumbent Democrat Polivka by 4.5 percentage points Nov. 3.

The court document announcing the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the case was signed by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and filed today. The notice also stated that Justices Sharon L. Kennedy and Jennifer Brunner did not participate in the decision. Kennedy had removed herself in an earlier high court action involving Frenchko.

Rick Brunner, attorney for Polivka and husband of Justice Brunner, filed a notice of appeal for Polivka with Ohio’s high court Feb. 22.

Neither Polivka nor Frenchko immediately responded to calls this afternoon seeking comment about the high court’s action.

Earlier testimony taking while the case was being heard in lower court had focused on Frenchko’s dual residency.

For more on this story, read Tuesday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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