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Candidates hit the airwaves at Youngstown Sports Grille

Published: Thu, April 22, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.





State Rep. Robert F. Hagan, left, and Don L. Hanni III, right, his Democratic opponent in the 60th Ohio House District primary, discuss their qualifications during a candidates forum sponsored by WKBN radio. WKBN talk-show hosts Ron Verb, second from left, and Dan Rivers helped organize Wednesday’s event.


Don Woomer watches and listens as political candidates discuss issues at the candidates forum.

If you’re running for any elected office this year, all you had to do was give your name, wait a bit and then talk into a microphone.

Candidates who showed up at the Youngstown Sports Grille on South Avenue in Boardman were given an opportunity to tout themselves Wednesday to the listening audience of 570 AM WKBN radio.

The format was informal.

“We want to give every candidate an opportunity to speak,” said Dan Rivers, who hosted the event.

Rivers is WKBN’s midday talk show host and director of operations for Clear Channel in Youngstown.

Among those speaking was John K. Fockler Jr. of Boardman, the Libertarian Party candidate for the 33rd Ohio Senate District seat.

“We are grateful for equal access to speak,” Fockler said. “It rarely happens for [Libertarians] and we’re appreciative of being allowed to speak.”

About 75 people attended the event. Nearly all of them were there to support certain candidates.

There was a lively discussion between state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, and Don L. Hanni III, his opponent in the May 4 Democratic primary, about the former’s effectiveness in the state Legislature.

Throughout the discussion, Rivers called Hagan a “senator.” Hagan served as a state senator for 10 years, but has been in the Ohio House since January 2007. Hagan said he liked being called “senator” so he didn’t bother correcting Rivers.

Rivers got a mix of applause and boos when he asked if there were any members of the TEA [Taxed Enough Already] Party movement. Rivers hosted a TEA Party event last week in Canfield.


1BillyBob(92 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

We need Bob Hagan out & Don Hanni in!

It's great to see the canidates proactivley endorseing themselves for the public!

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2Woody(469 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago


Do we have a none of the above option?

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3jpolisee(2 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

So what happened to term limits? Bob already served 10 years in the Ohio House of Representatives between 1987 and 1997. He has been on the public payroll for waayyy toooooo long. And what has he done during the 23ish years he has been in office? What about his marijuana bill that can't get support from ANYONE ELSE. Apparently he has not made any friends in Columbus which means we have no friends in Columbus... We have missed soooo many oppertunities with this guy... He needs out!

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4borylie(890 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I think most of those who believe in income redistribution would agree that Ryan's $180,000.00 should go to someone else and let that person make $180,000.00 and for those of us who don't believe in income redistribution Ryan should go, because he believes in it. Either way we agree he's gone. Right?

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5BillyBob(92 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

@ Marcus57

If you think Hanni can't speak intelligently on issues, then you obviously don't know the man very well. Many people will attempt to talk poorly about his agenda, but few about the man's intelligence.

We need do-nothing Hagan out & Hanni in!

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6valleytransplant(37 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Looks like my old classmate has put on a few pounds. Don, you need to get with the other Don(Shula) and order Nutrisystem.

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7kornersburgkid(57 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Do you mean to tell me that the Democratic Party can't come up with someone better than Hanni? I don't like either Hagan or Hanni. Anyone out there need a job?

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8DemonSemen(2 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Hagan has yet to do jack for the Yo. Hanni has been involved in the vally since birth.

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9rmzrez(134 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

? Were was the Tea Party, ashamed to show up ??? They could have worn their hoods

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10Woody(469 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I had a class at YSU with Hanni back early part of the decade. Not quite sure he passed the class that we were in, not sure he even completed it. Typically was late, not sure he really had his homework complete most of the time.

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11JAB(41 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Is everyone aware that Bob Hagan and Leo Jennings are close friends? They use to room together in Columbus when Hagan was a first term state senator. Is this what you want representing us? I sure don’t. Birds of a feather flock together.

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12Silence_Dogood(1503 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

As opposed to the DOPE SMOKING DRUNK DRIVING fool of a human being Hanni !
Or the POT PUSHING Pillowbitter Hagan.

Listen to your fellow democrats comments and you will see that they are all a bunch of idiots.

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13Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

From the 16 September 2008 Vindy:

"It is the independents, the “swing voters” and Democrats who are or will support Republican John McCain who are the “racists,” Letson and state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, said."

Hagan = Classless= Democratic Party Success over Needs of Community.

I propose that my dog, Chompers, run for the 60th district. She won't call her constituents racist, she won't steal your money (ie, raise taxes), and she will work hard for the occasional meaty treat.


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14georgeaxiotis(2 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Robert Hagan gleefully celebrated the victory of his anti payday loan bill a couple of years ago in the halls of the state capital. I introduced myself to him and told him he just cost the valley the jobs I created at 5 local stores. All of the facilities I used to rent are still vacant except one. My wife and I are living in Florida and spending absolutley no money in the Valley. I was a lifelong resident and will never return, I promise. Great job Bob. Kick his butt out as soon as possible.

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15Woody(469 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Payday Loan, Used to be called Loan Sharking.

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