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.
Crea realizes he has less money and name recognition than other candidates, but believes he can overcome this with a strong grass roots approach.
I will get the message out the old-fashion way: door-to-door, neighborhood-to-neighborhood. I’ve walked all over this city. My shoes are blown out.
The Independent candidate says it’s time for some new voices of leadership.
Anytime that there’s too many Ds or too many Rs, you get a little too much quid pro quo.
Crea says, he’ll donate half of his salary to various local charities.
I’m putting my money where my mouth is because $105,000 for my job – way too much money.
When it comes to Youngstown’s future, Crea says, it’s time for more out-of-the-box thinking.
Let’s break the box and figure out a new way, new way, to build it up, OK. So to do that, could a name change help Youngstown, OH, on a national level? This is a branding nation that we have. How many people know the reputation of the word Youngstown?
Of Youngstown’s numerous studies over the past 10 years to evaluate city operations, efficiencies and to aid in economic planning, Crea says:
Do I as a mayor have to spend $250,000 to a private consulting firm to say what’s wrong with my city when I can take $250,000, tear down a hundred houses with that money?
As homes are demolished, Crea says, opportunities are created. As mayor, he’d encourage developers to build town homes similar to those found on Wirt Street.
If we’re tearing down houses, can’t we come in with some nice, affordable apartment villages for young professionals, perhaps? I mean if you look at Arlington Heights, is that the end of the road or is that the beginning of the road?
Crea says he’s committed to his campaign and not in the race to siphon votes from other candidates.
Believe me. I’m not a cutter. I’m in it to win it. I’m 100 percent.
Reporting for TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Andrew Donofrio.