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Salem councilman to run for commissioner

COLUMBIANA COUNTY

PAPARODIS

LISBON — Salem City Councilman Roy Paparodis announced Wednesday he intends to run for the Columbiana County commissioner seat being vacated by Jim Hoppel.

“I am initiating my campaign with the encouragement and support of county Republican leaders and, of course, my family and close friends,” he said in news release. “I believe my two terms as a Salem city councilman and my 35 years as a local businessman provide me with both the background and the experience to be an effective commissioner.

“Above all else, this background has sharpened my skills in dealing effectively with budgets and finance. I also feel that my long tenure in dealing with the public has made me a good listener and has made me receptive to community input,” Paparodis added.

Paparodis is currently employed as general manager of the Youngstown Country Club, but he intends to step down if he wins.

If elected, he said his focus would be “to work with the other county officials to keep the county government fiscally sound while simultaneously working to bring new industry and new commerce to all parts of this county.”

He and his wife of 33 years have two adult children, Soph of Salem and Stephanie of Seattle, Wash.

Hoppel, who has been elected a record six times, does not intend to seek re-election in 2020.

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