Write-in candidate making waves in Trumbull Board race

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – In Trumbull County, three people are vying to hold one seat on the Board of County Commissioners. One of those people is running as a write-in without a party affiliation.

On the Democratic side of the ticket, Incumbent Dan Polivka said he has experience in making progress, while Republican Mary Williams said her ability to work with a team to accomplish the same goal makes her stand out. But write-in candidate Todd Johnson said he represents a new generation of workers — and that is gaining a lot of “likes” on social media.

“I think people are looking for a different approach to choosing our public servants,” Johnson said.

Simply put, Johnson believes Trumbull County needs change.

“I felt that this was a key time to launch out and present myself as a candidate,” he said.

So much so, it’s on his campaign signs. And a big chunk of his campaigning is being done online.

Johnson Trumbull BCC“It has resonated,” Johnson said. “Tens of thousands of people have connected with us, watched our videos, saw the post, shared them — and I really appreciate that. That’s the way you do next-generation business.”

His presence hasn’t gone unnoticed by his opponents.

For example, Polivka has an ad airing that states, “While some of my opponents talk about changing the game…”

“I’ve been changing lives for many, many years in Trumbull county,” Polivka said. “So don’t change the game — continue with good progress.”

Williams, meanwhile, is welcoming the competition.

“I thanked [Johnson] for stepping up to bat,” she said. “I wish more people would do that.

“This is what Democracy is and, you know, I give everybody kudos who stands out and says, ‘I’m doing this because I believe in what I have to say.'”

WYTV will continue to follow this Trumbull County race.