Category Archives: Politics

Youngstown mayor listens to constituents, five minutes at a time

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Youngstown Mayor John McNally spoke with Connie Timpson during his first “Five Minutes with the Mayor” session Jan. 21 in city hall. One of McNally’s campaign promises was to spend some one-on-one time with residents so they may voice their concerns. Nikki Pizzuto/TheNewsOutlet.org

Fulfilling a campaign promise, Youngstown mayor John McNally had his first Five Minutes With the Mayor session on Jan. 21. Residents brought concerns ranging from traffic lights to dog parks to the mayors attention. The next session will be Feb. 18.

County elections chief reports dismal turnout in Nov. 5 election

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Joyce Kale-Pesta, director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections, says government squabbling on the federal level translates to voter apathy at the local level. – TheNewsOutlet.org file photo

A little more than 70 percent of eligible voters in Mahoning County stayed away from the polls on Nov. 5. Joyce Kale-Pesta, director for the county Board of Elections, is disappointed in the turnout, but she isn’t surprised.

Skin color matters when it comes to predicting Youngstown elections

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Brenda Mack, president of the Mahoning County Black Republicans, doesn’t vote based on race, but admits that a lot of other minorities do. “Bottom line is that blacks just don’t trust people of non-color,” she said. — Photo by Andrew Donofrio/TheNewsOutlet.org

Ideally, an election for Youngstown mayor would be based on platforms and promises. In reality, race plays an important role. Former mayors, election experts and city residents weigh in on the issue and how race will affect the November election.

Even in 21st Century, race an issue in Youngstown elections

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The November elections are still a few months away but we already know, race will play a significant role in who wins. News Outlet reporter Andrew Donofrio brings us the story and the many voices of race and politics.

If elected mayor, Hughes promises to tackle crime, blight, parking

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Youngstown’s former police chief is running for mayor in this November’s election. Jimmy Hughes, an Independent candidate, sat down with reporter Andrew Donofrio.

Crea plans new approach as mayor; would consider changing Youngstown’s name

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John M. Crea is running as an Independent in Youngstown’s mayoral election this November. The Kent State graduate, who now sells cars in Cleveland, hopes voters will buy into his plans for the city. Andrew Donofrio has the story.

Bellamy to declare state of emergency if elected mayor

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Frank Bellamy, an experienced political consultant, has his eyes on the Youngstown’s mayors seat, which is up-for-grabs this fall. — Photo by Andrew Donofrio/TheNewsOutlet.org

In his bid for mayor, Democrat John McNally faces four Independent candidates: former Police Chief Jimmy Hughes, the mayor’s Chief of Staff DeMaine Kitchen, as well as John Crea and Frank Bellamy.

Candidates vie for City Council president seat

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In Youngstown, the president of City Council serves a four-year term and earns about $28,000 per year. Andrew Donofrio tells us about the seat that’s up for grabs.

Chamber chief says next mayor needs to make city efficient

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Thomas Humphries, president of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, says the economy in the Mahoning Valley has stabilized. He says the next mayor of Youngstown has to maintain the growth and work to improve the city’s efficiency. (Andrew Donofrio/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Who’s the right mayor for Youngstown? Thomas Humphries, president of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, says part of that answer has to do with where the city is in its life cycle. He recently sat down with News Outlet reporter Andrew Donofrio and explained the role economics should play in the 2013 mayoral election.

Brown: I have experience to move Youngstown forward

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Mayoral candidate Jamael Tito Brown’s slogan is “Youngstown Forward.” Brown shares the course he’d plot for the city’s future with News Outlet reporter Andrew Donofrio.