Eleven Democrats applied for the vacant Trumbull County commissioner’s job
By David Skolnick
The mayor of McDonald, council-at-large members in Girard and Niles, and two failed Trumbull County commissioner candidates are among 11 who submitted letters of interest to the county Democratic Party to replace the late Commissioner Paul Heltzel and be the party’s nominee for his seat on the Nov. 4 ballot.
The 11 candidates applied by Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline. County Democratic precinct committee members will vote on Heltzel’s replacement at a 10:30 a.m. meeting July 26 at DiVieste Banquet Hall, 754 North River Road NW in Warren.
The person selected temporarily will fill Heltzel’s seat — until the results of the Nov. 4 general election are certified — and also will be the party’s nominee during the Nov. 4 election, said Trumbull Democratic Chairman Dan Polivka, who’s also a county commissioner. The winner of that election will serve the rest of Heltzel’s term, which expires Jan. 1, 2017.
The 11 Democrats who are seeking the party’s appointment are:
McDonald Mayor Glenn Holmes;
Girard Councilman-at-Large John Moliterno;
Niles Councilman-at-Large Stephen Papalas;
Hubbard Councilwoman Lisha Pompili-Baumiller, who lost the May Democratic primary to Commissioner Frank Fuda;
Sherry Cox-Calloway, a former Warren councilwoman;
Mauro Cantalamessa of Warren, who lost to Fuda in the 2006 Democratic primary;
Michael Scala, a Warren attorney;
Brent Berkman of Warren, a certified public accountant;
Ken Kubala of Warren, safety and compliance manager in the county engineer’s office;
Tommy Lee Perry of Warren;
Darryl Black of Cortland.
Each candidate will have a chance to talk with the party central-committee members for about three minutes before the vote, Polivka said.
Heltzel, who died June 30 of cancer, was first elected commissioner in 2004.
The Trumbull Republican Party also is seeking nominations for the Nov. 4 ballot by the Aug. 11 deadline.
A letter of interest and resume should be sent soon to John Blue, the party’s first vice chairman, at his house at 122 E. Main St., Girard, OH 44420 or emailed to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.