County Democrats name Kidder chairman


LISBON — The Columbiana County Democratic Party has announced its election of Charley Kidder as the new chairman.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to advocate for the values of rural Democrats,” Kidder said in a press release issued Friday. “I want our party to champion the hard-working people of Columbiana County who deserve a fair shake. Everyday, hard-working laborers, teachers and farmers do everything they can to raise a family and make their lives better and too often their needs are pushed aside by big business and millionaires.”

Kidder, a lifelong Lisbon resident, has operated his law practice in Salem since 2006. He is a former Center Township trustee, New Waterford village solicitor and is currently the magistrate for Wellsville Mayors’ Court as well as the Columbiana County Common Pleas foreclosure mediator.

“Everyday I go to work and be it bankruptcy, criminal, traffic or divorce court, I try to make people’s lives a little bit better. My hope is I can do the same in this position,” Kidder said.

“I’m fortunate enough to lead a party that has recently seen a surge of grassroots support. Our meetings have been very well attended and we are adding new members daily. We are fielding a terrific slate of mayors, trustees, councilmen and fiscal officers and without a doubt the most qualified slate of judicial candidates either party has ever put forward to the people of Columbiana County.

“I’m also very appreciative of the kind words from our outgoing chairman, Nick Barborak, he’s a lifelong friend who has led our party with class. I’ll continue to rely on his wisdom and friendship as we make a seamless transition.”