Smith plans to surprise Dem Party with strong primary showing

Matthew Smith, a candidate for mayor of Youngstown, says he felt snubbed when he wasn’t endorsed by his fellow Democrat Party members. However, he expects to surprise them with a strong showing in the May 7 primary. Andrew Donofrio has the story.

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Matthew Smith, may be upset he didn't get the endorsement of the Democratic Primary, but he believes he will have a good showing during the May 7 primary. (Andrew Donofrio/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Matthew Smith, may be upset he didn’t get the endorsement of the Democratic Primary, but he believes he will have a good showing during the May 7 primary. (Andrew Donofrio/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Smith says he’d focus his efforts on restoring the city’s East Side neighborhoods, which he believes are the key to strengthening the city as a whole. Smith says he’s more in tune with voters than his opponents.

Smith questions John McNally’s leadership and experience.

McNally ain’t did nothing. That’s what I’m trying to say. He’s a young boy trying to do something, but he got to, he got to, know.

According to Smith, his other opponent, Tito Brown, has failed to show voters enough progress during his tenure as city council president.

If you think Tito Brown did a good job, OK, then vote for him. But, everybody knows that the way things are right now, he ain’t did a good job. And, that’s why people want people like myself to get in there and get involved in what’s going on.

Smith says he’s the right candidate for mayor because he can handle the unexpected.

Things happen. The job is very pressured. Again, you got to know what to do when it occur, OK. And, if you don’t they what to do when things happen, you’d be in a lot of trouble.

Next, we’ll sit down with mayoral candidate John McNally IV. The News Outlet encourages Youngstown voters to have their say in the election by tweeting their questions to hash tag Ask the Candidate or by posting questions to the News Outlet’s facebook page. For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Andrew Donofrio.

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