Replacements sought for Trumbull Commissioner Heltzel


WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County Democratic Party Chair Dan Polivka has set Monday, July 14th as the deadline day for candidates who are interested in applying for the Trumbull County Commissioner’s seat left vacant after the death of Paul Heltzel.

Applications for the position will be accepted until Monday, July 14 at 4 p.m. The party will vote on a replacement July 21.

Polivka says the application is not only to replace Heltzel, but to run for the seat in the general election in November.

Whoever is elected in November will fill the seat for the rest of Heltzel’s term, which runs until January 2017.

Heltzel, 69, died of cancer on June 30.

He served as commissioner for the past 10 years and was in the middle of his third term. He was first elected in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2012.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins hired Heltzel in 1984. Heltzel has since worked as chairman of the Trumbull County Bar Association Computer Committee, Trumbull County Bar Grievance Committee, former treasurer for the Trumbull County Democratic Party, Trumbull County precinct committeeman and former executive committee member.

Heltzel is survived by his wife and four sons.

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