ELECTION 2018: Hubbard councilwoman challenges commissioner Fuda

Longtime Hubbard Councilwoman Lisha Pompili Baumiller is challenging longtime Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda of Niles in the May 8 Democratic primary for county commissioner.

She received a boost from the county Democratic Party Central Committee, which endorsed her 91-84 in February.

Fuda, meanwhile, got an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13th of Howland, who appeared with Fuda in a video advertisement saying Fuda is endorsed by labor unions, the Youngstown-Warren Black Caucus and members of the business community, who Ryan said “have all recognized Frank Fuda as a hard-working Democrat. That’s why Frank has always had my vote.”

Fuda is seeking his fourth four-year term as commissioner. He cited his work on numerous county sewer and water projects and his daily attention to matters big and small as evidence of his effectiveness as commissioner.

Pompili Baumiller, who is self-employed in debt collection and has been Hubbard 3rd Ward councilwoman since 2000, attacked Fuda during a recent interview on his position at various times in recent years on imposing a sales-tax increase to raise revenue.

She also blames him for a drop in the county’s population this decade, which went from 210,312 people in 2010 to 201,825 in 2016.

“To keep people here, you have to be aggressive to keep the existing businesses we have, and he’s not doing that."

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com

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