Wilkerson gets 1st Ward post

A new councilman wants to see Royal Mall Apartments cleared of drugs.
NILES -- Lifelong city resident David Wilkerson has been selected as the community's new 1st Ward councilman.
Wilkerson, 44, was elected Thursday by a 6-0 vote of the Democrat precinct committee men and women, replacing Frank Fuda, who took over the first of the year as a Trumbull County commissioner. One committeeman was absent.
Wilkerson, a construction worker, beat out Patrick Kearney, a former councilman at-large and a precinct committeeman for 10 years.
"I'll give you 120 percent of my effort," Wilkerson said after the brief balloting.
The new councilman said his priority is to get rid of drug dealing at the Royal Mall Apartments.
The city has been attempting to find ways to rid of complex of drug dealers and littering on neighboring properties.
"It needs to be cleaned up. It definitely has to be addressed," he asserted, adding that there are good people living in the complex and around the apartments who want a safe and clean environment.
Wilkerson, of Morris Place, has worked with Fuda in cleaning trees out of the Mahoning River and building a fishing dock at Kennedy Park.
Fuda and Wilkerson have been working to establish a fishing education center at the park to teach young people.
He also wants to institute the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' "Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs" program to get younger people involved in fishing activities rather than illegal activity.
Wilkerson and his wife, Terri, have three children, Dylan, 6, Shane, 15, and Sarah, 20.

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