Dyce, Paparodis vie for Columbiana County commission seat
LISBON –The race for Columbiana County commissioner features John R. Dyce, a Guilford Lake man making his third run for elected office, and Salem City Council member Roy Paparodis.
John R. Dyce, 70, is retired from the U.S. Postal Service, where he held leadership positions with the national union and is currently president of the Ohio State Association of Letter Carriers. Prior to that, he worked in manufacturing at the Sun Oil Co. and Eazore Express.
A Democrat, Dyce served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-73. He ran for state representative in 2016 and again in 2018.
Dyce and his wife Sally have two children — Melissa and John Jr. — and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Paparodis, 63, is in his second term on council. He is currently general manager of the Youngstown Country Club but prior to that was employed as general manager at the Salem Golf Club and Guilford Lake Grille and was owner/operator of Soffo’s Cafe and CEO/president of Timberlanes. He said he would resign if elected commissioner to devote himself full-time to the job.
A Republican, Paparodis and his wife Theresa have three children — a son Soph and daughters Raven and Stephanie.
The pair are running to fill the commissioner seat being vacated by Jim Hoppel, who chose to retire and not to seek another term after being elected to a record five consecutive terms.
To prepare for the job, Dyce has been attending most board of commissioners meetings for the past nine months or so, and he also attends other city, village and township meetings. He says this has helped him better understand the issues facing these communities and how he can assist them.
“I have attended many county commissioners’ meetings over the past four years and have witnessed the frustration of residents first-hand. I believe that the position of commissioners would be an opportunity for me to have a positive impact on the lives of working women and men in the county,” he said.
Paparodis said he is running for commissioner “to utilize my life’s experiences and business background to make Columbiana County a better place to live and work by creating good paying jobs and fostering economic development.”
Paparodis believes his 30 years in business, addressing budgets and dealing with employees and personnel issues, coupled with his time on council, gives him the right mix of private sector-public sector experience to be commissioner.
Of his votes while on council, Paparodis is most proud of his vote to fund major street improvements in Salem. “This was important because of the benefit to our citizens whose investment in their homes were increased in value, and all Salem neighborhoods (were) beautified and enriched, keeping Salem a nice place to live,” he said.
Paparodis was also proud of his votes to purchase a K-9 dog for the police department and on vacant building legislation.
Dyce said working 25-plus years as a union official resulted in him working across party lines with various federal and state officials, and the people he has met while attending meetings across the county has also been a plus.
“I have gained many contacts along the way and am ready to put my experience to work for the people of Columbiana County,” he said.
Neither said they have any immediate policy goals. “I would need time in office for a review of county offices/agencies before making any recommendations,” Dyce said.
“I’m a good listener and a caring person. I would always be available to hear the input of all constituents throughout our county,” Paparodis said.
Neither has any major policy disagreements with commissioners, but Dyce said if the private operation of the county jail is saving money, he would like to explore using the savings to increase spending in the sheriff’s office so the sheriff could add more deputies.
“Many of the rural portions of the county are without law enforcement departments and depend on the county sheriff for protection,” he said.
Paparodis said he would “continue the fiscally conservative history of our current county commissioners and would like to be a forward-minded, business-friendly, job-producing commissioner.”