Incumbent keeps 2nd Ward seat in Hubbard
Newcomer set for 4th Ward
HUBBARD — An incumbent councilwoman has retained her seat for the city’s 2nd Ward while a new face will be serving the 4th Ward next year.
Incomplete and unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections for Tuesday’s primary election had incumbent 2nd Ward Councilwoman Robin Zambrini receiving 59 percent of the vote with political newcomer Paul Toth receiving 41 percent.
For the city 4th Ward seat, political newcomer Cathy Cummings received 79 percent of the vote, defeating incumbent Michael Toda, who received 21 percent of the votes, according to incomplete and unofficial results from the board of elections.
All the candidates for the 2nd and 4th Wards are Democrats with no Republican or write-in candidates on the November general election ballot.
Zambrini said she was very appreciative to the residents of the 2nd Ward for electing her to a second term.
“I am very grateful to the voters of the second ward. I will continue to work very hard for the people. I appreciate their support and am very happy I will be able to continue serving them,” she said.
Zambrini said she looks forward to continuing to work with council carrying on the work they have been doing the past two years.
“The entire council has worked very hard to address the needs of the residents,” she said as she was getting home from collecting her signs.
Zambrini has served on council since January 2020 and has been chairwoman of the finance committee and a member of the streets and sidewalks, and community and economic development committees. Zambrini said she will continue to be an active member of both committees.
Toth, who marked his first time running for public office, said he wanted to serve the community and give back like his father, who served on the school board, and his mother, who was a teacher in the Hubbard schools.
“I ran to get my foot in the door to serve the community. I grew up in Hubbard and wanted to give back and serve the community. Hubbard gave me a lot of opportunities and I wanted to give back,” Toth said.
He said his campaign focused on park improvements and getting families out into the communities.
“I want to see more community involvement from the residents,” he said.
Cummings, who marked her first time running for office, said she credits people knowing her and knowing she will get the work done.
“There are many people who know me. They know I am the person to get things done,” Cummings said of going door to door in the 4th Ward.
“It was an interesting experience running for office. I told myself whatever happened, whether I win or don’t win is what was meant to be,” she said.
Cummings said she credits her work in the community for her support.
She and her husband, William, were out collecting her signs, which she said she is familiar with because she did the same when her husband ran for the board of education.
Cummings said she would like to see improvements made to the parks in the ward. She also said she will work with zoning officials to get zoning codes updated.
Toda said Tuesday he will continue to work serving the residents of the 4th Ward and the city for the rest of the year, noting he plans to retire at the end of the year.
Toda said, “She got the votes. With politics, a lot of this is who you know.”
Toda was appointed more than five years ago to the council seat and then was re-elected unopposed in two subsequent elections.