Two candidates are running for the Democratic nomination for the part-time post of city controller in the May 15 primary. With no Republicans on the ballot, that means the race should be decided in the primary.
Age: 53.
Home: 985 March St.
Employment: Accountant for the Cafaro Co., Youngstown; owner of Cohen Accounting Service.
Education: Bachelor of science degree in business administration, majoring in finance and accounting, from Youngstown State University.
Experience: 25 years of accounting background; five years' experience as an auditor; owner of an accounting business.
Family: Wife, Patricia.
Priority: Work with the new mayor, city council and city officials to help balance the budget and lower the city deficit.
Age: 45.
Home: 1263 Griswold St.
Employment: City firefighter.
Education: Sharon High School graduate; attended Clarion State College and Slippery Rock State University.
Experience: City school director for 10 years with experience on the budget committee.
Family: Wife, Debra; a son and a daughter.
Priority: To ensure a strong checks-and-balance system is in place.

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