ODP instates 60-day examination on Polivka - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

ODP instates 60-day examination on Polivka

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ohio -

There has been some misinformation that Dan Polivka was to be removed from office Wednesday night – that was never the case.

Instead, the executive committee of the Ohio Democratic Party voted unanimously to move forward with a 60-day examination process on the complaint against the Trumbull Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka. The complaint itself was over the secret ballot voting that took place July 26th to fill the seat of the late Trumbull County Commissioner Paul Heltzel.

ODP Chairman Chris Redfern nominated Tim Burke – the chair of Hamilton County's Democratic Party – to examine the issue.

The chairman of Mahoning County's Democratic Party read the resolution and made the first motion on Wednesday night, which was then second-ed by State Representative Sean O'Brien.

The examination process will determine whether sanctions will continue and if Polivka will be censured.

Polivka, who is not on the executive committee, did not get a chance to speak at the meeting. Afterward, he was able to speak with 21 News.

“The candidates are complaining they don't have it. They already paid the assessment,” Polivka said. “It's right in their own constitution that you cannot take a county's … vote builder unless they are not in good standing.”

When we spoke with Chris Redfern, he – on the other hand – seemed to disagree.

“There's a chapter for malfeasance and kinds of actions that a chair or anyone may encounter that allows some flexibility for me to do the things that are necessary to keep order within the party,” Redfern said.

Over the past several weeks, chairman Polivka assembled a special committee to modify the Trumbull County Democratic Party's bylaws to put them in accordance with the ODP and DNC bylaws.

This means that within this 60-day period, if Trumbull's executive committee approves those changes and does a re-vote on the commissioner's seat – which has now been filled by Mauro Cantalamessa – ODP Chairman Redfern will drop the sanctions and the censure process.



  • More NewsMore>>

  • Senate opens 'Obamacare' debate at last but outcome in doubt

    Senate opens 'Obamacare' debate at last but outcome in doubt

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 2:21 AM EDT2017-07-26 06:21:24 GMT
    Republican leaders are steering the Senate toward a crucial vote on their health care bill.More >>
    Republican leaders are steering the Senate toward a crucial vote on their health care bill.More >>
  • President Trump thanks Ohioans following Youngstown visit

    President Trump thanks Ohioans following Youngstown visit

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 12:51 AM EDT2017-07-26 04:51:05 GMT
    A special visit from President Trump attracted thousands to downtown Youngstown Tuesday, though not as many as initially expected. Early estimates based on online reservations through the Trump campaign projected nearly 20,000 people headed to the city, but realistically, fewer than 10,000 filled the Covelli Centre and its outdoor overflow viewing area. Despite the increase in traffic and crowds downtown, Youngstown Police said there were no major issues throughout the day.  S...More >>
    A special visit from President Trump attracted thousands to downtown Youngstown Tuesday, though not as many as initially expected. Early estimates based on online reservations through the Trump campaign projected nearly 20,000 people headed to the city, but realistically, fewer than 10,000 filled the Covelli Centre and its outdoor overflow viewing area. Despite the increase in traffic and crowds downtown, Youngstown Police said there were no major issues throughout the day.  S...More >>
  • Protesters get into Trump Rally, but supporters are encouraged by speech

    Protesters get into Trump Rally, but supporters are encouraged by speech

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 12:33 AM EDT2017-07-26 04:33:47 GMT
    While thousands of supporters waited to see President Donald Trump others who are apparently against his policies also made their way inside the packed venue. 21 News focused it's lens on those who were escorted out. A pregnant Lara Trump took the stage saying "O-H!" President Trump's daughter in law who is married to Eric Trump started things off and within minutes a protester tried to steal the show. But Youngstown Police immediately jumped into action and quickly ushe...More >>
    While thousands of supporters waited to see President Donald Trump others who are apparently against his policies also made their way inside the packed venue. 21 News focused it's lens on those who were escorted out. A pregnant Lara Trump took the stage saying "O-H!" President Trump's daughter in law who is married to Eric Trump started things off and within minutes a protester tried to steal the show. But Youngstown Police immediately jumped into action and quickly ushe...More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms