Serving on a jury could take time away from campaigning, the candidate says.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- Just like George M. McKelvey, a candidate seeking to replace the Youngstown mayor is on a jury pool list.
Unlike McKelvey, however, Jay Williams doesn't have similar comments to make about being on the list.
"It's a responsibility as a citizen to serve in that process if called," Williams said.
Williams said that if he is called for jury duty and has to serve for a few weeks, it could adversely affect his campaign.
Williams said a fund-raiser he held last week attracted about 240 people and raised about $35,000 for his campaign.
Williams resigned in April as the city's Community Development Agency director to run for mayor as an independent. He is among six candidates running for the post during the Nov. 8 general election.
McKelvey is on the jury pool list in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court of people who will report Monday to the courthouse.
When told last month by The Vindicator that he was on the jury pool list, McKelvey said, "Defense attorneys, beware. Your client is guilty until proven innocent in my book."
McKelvey joked that "the hanging mayor is on the jury. No defense attorney is going to want me on the jury."
Reporting for duty
Williams is among 460 people on a county jury pool who must report Aug. 1 to the courthouse. Also on that list is state Rep. Sylvester D. Patton Jr.'s wife, Juanell.
Williams' name on the jury pool list is Jay L. Williams.
Williams wonders from where the "L" middle initial came because his full name is Roy Kojo Jawara Williams. Named after his paternal grandfather, Williams, 33, has been known as Jay since he was a baby.
If selected, Williams could serve on a jury that hears criminal or civil cases. Williams has never served on a jury.
The jury commissioner office gets the name of potential jurors from a voter registration list given to it by the county board of elections. The jury commissioner office uses a computer that randomly picks about 450 to 500 names from that list about 20 times a year to create its jury pool.