WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a close race, but voters picked Denny Malloy over Democrat Mike O’Brien for the Trumbull County Commissioner’s seat, left vacant by Frank Fuda’s retirement at the end of the year.

It was part of a Republican wave in Trumbull County.

“That’s absolutely huge. It shows the people here want to change,” Malloy said. “We’ve moved more conservative. We’re not going to embrace the ways of the Democratic Party left and right coast, and we are Midwest people with good moral values, and we voted that way today.”

Malloy is a former game warden and works with a wildlife preservation organization called Whitetails Unlimited. The former Democrat-turned-Republican believes that the county needs change and improvements in order to advance.

“There are some basic necessities in this county we don’t have — sewer and water in the northern two-thirds of the county that should be taken care of. That’s something that should have been done long ago,” Mallory said in October. “We have parts of the county where there’s no cell phone reception. That needs to be handled immediately.”

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