Redfern: Polivka's removal will be on Aug. 27 agenda


The agenda for the Aug. 27 meeting of the Ohio Democratic Party Executive Committee won’t be released until next week, but a discussion of removing Dan Polivka as chairman of the Trumbull County Democratic Party will be on it.

“Rest assured, it will be on the agenda,” Chris Redfern, state party chairman, said by phone Friday. “I will be offering up a resolution that removes Chairman Polivka until the bylaws are changed and a revote is taken,” Redfern said.

Redfern threatened to remove Polivka as chairman after the county party voted in secret recently to elect Mauro Cantalamessa to fill the unexpired term of Trumbull County Commissioner Paul Heltzel, who died June 30.

Polivka said he felt the method used was fine because one vote for Cantalmessa at the end was done by voice, which meets the state and national requirements. Two earlier votes to narrow down the field were by secret ballot, which agrees with the county party’s bylaws.

Cantalamessa was sworn in Monday as county commissioner, to serve until the results of the November election are certified. Polivka did not return a text message Friday seeking comment, but he has said in the past he will attend the state meeting to tell his side of the story. He said he’s been unable to find anything in the state bylaws that allow for his removal.

Redfern countered that “all duties are not defined” in the state bylaws.

Read more about the dispute in Saturday's Vindicator or on

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