Money, endorsements key to Youngstown mayoral race

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In our continuing effort to bring you in depth coverage of the 2013 mayoral race, the News Outlet recently caught up with political science guru, Dr. Bill Binning. Reporter Andrew Donofrio has the story.

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Bill Binning; a local author and former chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party; predicts the candidate with the most money and the most endorsements will win the Democratic Party primary. (Andrew Donofrio/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Bill Binning; a local author and former chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party; predicts the candidate with the most money and the most endorsements will win the Democratic Party primary. (Andrew Donofrio/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Three candidates will seek the Democratic nod in the mayoral primary: former city law Director, John McNally IV; current city council president, Tito Brown; and Matthew Smith, who has not held an elected office.

Bill Binning, former Mahoning County Republican Party chairman, says he expects Smith to grab some votes, but says the real race will be between McNally and Brown.

The real challenge for these candidates is to get the people to come out and vote for them. I mean Tito has got to, he’s got to, really build a good grass roots organization, get a big turn out. McNally has to do the same thing.

Binning says he expects Brown to prevail in the predominantly African-American wards while McNally should capture the white vote. But for his money, Binning says campaign funds, endorsements and union backing will be greater factors in who wins the Democratic primary.

The person who spends the most money, has the best ads, has an advantage. And, the unions will be endorsing and that will be important particularly if the public sector unions endorse. If they endorse, I think that will be important

So far, McNally has raised $32,000 to Brown’s $7,500. McNally has also secured the Democratic Party endorsement. The candidates will release updated campaign contributions April 25t.

In our next segment, we’ll sit down with Mahoning County Board of Elections Director Joyce Kale-Pesta.

For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Andrew Donofrio.

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