Columbiana replaces Logan, Bolon tonight

ELKTON — The Columbiana County Democrat Party has filled two vacant county offices.

Penny J. Traina of Wellsville will take the county commissioner’s seat left vacant when Sean Logan became the director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Atty. Nick Barborak, an assistant county prosecutor, was named county treasurer to replace Linda Bolon, who was elected to the state house.

The votes were taken tonight at Patrick’s Chop House at Lock 24.

Traina in November lost a bid to unseat Republican county Auditor Nancy   Milliken, but impressed the party with her hustle, including knocking on more than 9,000 doors during her campaign. As treasurer for Wellsville schools, she said she turned a $200,000 budget deficit into a $300,000 surplus.

Barborak, of Lisbon, has been the legal advisor to the treasurer’s office and is familiar with its operations.

Traina and Barborak said they had no immediate plans for any changes in the operations of their offices.

County Prosecutor Robert Herron swore them in after the votes.

Traina beat former one-term Democratic commissioner David Cranmer; William Rowley, a former Wayne Township trustee; and William Cox, a former county employee, for the appointment.

Barborak actually nominated his only opponent, John Volio, a state auditor and political newcomer, so party officials would have a choice.

Precinct and executive committee members could vote. Vote totals weren’t released.

County Recorder Craig Brown threw his hat in the ring for commissioner, but withdrew it.

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