HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The Trumbull County Republican Party elected a new chairman Tuesday night, but the former chairman is still saying he’s in charge.
The meeting opened with a letter from the Ohio Republican Party and signed by Chairwoman Jane Timken, affirming Randy Law’s removal as chairman on April 8. They then asked for nominations for that position.
Kevin Wyndham ran unopposed as the only one nominated, and 45 people voted him in as the new chairman. The state party said they are recognizing Wyndham’s election.
Law claimed while the vote was going on Tuesday, he was holding his own meeting of the Executive Committee of the Trumbull County Republican Party. He said the facts are wrong in the letter from the state party.
“I haven’t been sent this letter, I’ve just been shown the letter but everything I’ve seen in it is not correct.”
In his nomination speech, Wyndham called for everyone present to be leaders of the party in a time when the party feels it needs to start over.
Law claimed he wasn’t removed properly, saying what happened was a ridiculous decision and that he’ll go to the state executive committee.
“The thugs and bullies are trying to take over the party and it’s becoming very sad,” Law said.
But those at Tuesday night’s election said everything was by the book.
“There was always talk that we were a splinter group against him. Well, he was voted out twice by the party. Once through the central committee then when the Ohio Republican Party said we did it with the wrong body, we voted him out unanimously with the executive committee,” Wyndham said.
Law said the meetings were not legitimate.
“I have not been removed from office. The Ohio Republican Party state committee has not voted on this.”
Wyndham said his first order of business as the new chairman is to look at party’s bank account. He says there has been about $18,000 raised through fundraising but that money is almost gone.