As colleagues cope with Heltzel's death, replacement deadline set


Those who worked closest with Paul Heltzel at the Trumbull County Commissioners office are still reeling from his sudden death June 30, but there’s a deadline to meet in mid-August to replace him.

Commissioner Dan Polivka, who also is chairman of the county Democratic Party, said a handful of people have expressed an interest in the open position. He declined to name them.

But he has set a deadline of 4 p.m. Monday for anyone interested to submit a letter of interest in the position, along with a resume or qualifications, to Judi Toles, Democratic Party secretary, at the Trumbull County Board of Elections office on Youngstown Road. Toles is a board of elections employee.

John Blue, first vice chairman of the Trumbull County Republican Party, said the party’s central committee will nominate someone for the Nov. 4 ballot by the Aug. 11 deadline.

Blue asks registered Republicans to submit a letter of interest and resume to him at 122 East Main St., Girard, OH 44420, or email him at

Any of the Democrats interested in the position who want to attend a reception with precinct committee members, who will vote on the appointment, are asked for a $95 contribution to cover expenses for the meeting, Polivka said.

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