Trumbull Republicans’ election of officers provides contrast to Democrats
By Ed Runyan
The Trumbull County Republican Party Central Committee provided a contrast with its Democratic Party counterpart Thursday night with two contested races among its top six positions, secret ballots cast and little to no controversy.
The contested positions were first vice chairman, won by J.D. Williams of Liberty over Marlea Campbell of Cortland; and second vice chairman, won by Kathi Creed of Liberty over Barbara Rosier-Tryon of Howland. All four candidates gave short remarks before the vote.
Chairman Kevin Wyndham of Howland and Secretary Lori Hineman of Gustavus were re-elected without opposition. Albert Habertstroh of Southington is newly elected treasurer, and Cathy Lukasko of Brookfield is newly elected auxiliary chairman, both unopposed.
On Tuesday, the county Democrats had no contested races for its top three positions and again used a public-voting method that created tension among central committee members two weeks earlier when it was used to select a replacement coroner.
Wyndham was among several speakers to address the controversy that tore through the Republican Party in recent years and eventually led former chairman Randy Law to be replaced by Wyndham.
Wyndham said an important next step for the Trumbull County Republican Party is “recruiting new blood, taking advantage of the new blood, incorporating the new blood into the system. We need to welcome everybody, regardless of what they’ve done in the past.”
And that includes Democrats. Wyndham said he’s had more than one Democratic Central Committee member inquire about switching parties.
“We must be doing something right, as much as other people are doing something wrong,” he said.
“We’ve spent the past year attracting new members. We’re cultivating candidates ... to run in two years, in four years, three years. Candidates are not created overnight.”
He said the party had taken people interested in running for elected positions as a Republican and “thrown them to the wolves. That’s what we’ve done in the past. That’s going to stop.”