WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Trumbull County Republicans named a candidate Tuesday to run for county commissioner.
The party’s central committee members named J.D. Williams of Liberty to run for the seat left vacant by the late Paul Heltzel. Williams is a pilot for United Airlines and retired from the Air Force Reserves. He served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005.
He said his priority if elected commissioner would be to keep an eye on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.
“I think being the fourth largest employer in the area with a payroll of $60 million, I think it is very important to fight for. Because we are going to fight for our lives to maintain that air base,” Williams said.
Williams said he voted as a Democrat in the 2008 primary so he could cast a ballot, but said he remains loyal to the Republican Party.
He will face Mauro Cantalamessa in the November election. Cantalamessa was chosen last week by the Trumbull County Democratic Party to fill Heltzel’s unexpired term.