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District mapping brings concerns

Published: Thu, November 11, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

Dem chairman expects Ohio to lose one US rep

By Peter H. Milliken



Mahoning County’s Democratic Party chairman wants local leaders to lobby to avoid having the county carved up in the legislative redistricting that will occur next year based on the 2010 Census results.

“This isn’t a partisan issue; it’s a parochial issue,” said Atty. David Betras, party chairman. “We need to be sure they don’t carve us up anymore. This is a Mahoning County issue, not a Republican or Democratic issue.”

The current elongated 6th Congressional District, which runs some 350 miles from Boardman to Lucasville, is “a crazy district” and “the longest Congressional district in the United States of America,” he said.

When the county commissioners are seeking federal funds, it will not be to their advantage if they have to approach three U.S. representatives, Betras told the commissioners at their Wednesday meeting.

Congressional redistricting will be done by the Ohio Legislature. Betras said he is sure Ohio will lose at least one U.S. representative in the reapportionment and that it might lose two.

Other states, whose populations have grown faster than Ohio’s, will gain Congressional seats as the total nationwide number of U.S. representatives stays at 435.

The Ohio House and Senate district lines will be redrawn by the Apportionment Board, which consists of the governor, the Ohio secretary of state, the state auditor, and one Republican and one Democratic Ohio legislator.

The apportionment board, both houses of the Legislature and the governor’s position will be Republican-controlled based on this month’s election results.

All redistricting will take effect when new terms begin for those elected in 2012.

On another matter, Maggi Lorenzi of Midlothian Boulevard told the commissioners they should fulfill their announced commitment to relocate the county board of health’s adult day-care center from the county’s South Side Annex to Oakhill Renaissance Place.

Commissioners Anthony T. Traficanti and John A. McNally IV said the health board is free to move the center to Oakhill.

But George J. Tablack, county administrator, said the commissioners can’t dictate to the health board whether to move the center to Oakhill or to some other location.

Health Commissioner Matthew Stefanak could not be reached to comment on where he and the health board would prefer to move the center, which now enjoys rent-free space at the annex.

The commissioners authorized two grants from hotel bed-tax revenues: a $9,500 grant to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber to print an international economic development booklet; and a second $3,000 grant to the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce for operations, marketing and promotion of the Joy of Christmas Light Show.

The one-way, drive-through holiday-themed light show will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 18-21 and 25-28, Dec. 2-5 and 9-12 and daily from Dec. 16-Jan. 2 in Firestone Park in Columbiana, with cars entering by Park Avenue. Admission is a donation of $5 per carload. Tour buses will pay $1 per passenger.

Proceeds will benefit restoration of Firestone Park’s Funland and the local Toys for Tots.


1abelardo11(1 comment)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I have posted this already here before You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price check http://bit.ly/bandYw .If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and believe me you are not going to loose anything!

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

To the victor [RepubliCANs] go the spoils and the right to redistrict how they want! They will carve up Mahoning county just like they did Summit County last time around.

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3valleyop(14 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Maybe if Betras hadn't sent all of OUR money to Columbus we could have had a real GOTV effort. But Betras was much more concerned about kissing Redfern's rear-end.

But now we know why, Betras wanted Wilson to lose, this gives him the opportunity to run against Johnson in two years unless they eliminate the district, which is why Betras is commenting on this story, his plan goes up in flames if the district is gone or cut up even more.

Betras will never get elected with his past and current connections to Marc Dann and Leo Jennings. They are three clowns.

Again I ask my fellow members of the central committee to call a meeting to remove Betras as chair, he’s bad for the party and bad for our community.

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4faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

valleyop, what are talkin about? Betras does not want to run for office. He has done an excellent job as Mahoining Co. Dem Chair. Put in more energy and money than I have ever seen. I never really liked the guy on a personal level, but he has done a great job. If you want him gone then you probably have a personal agenda.

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5redvert(2239 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I cannot believe that they would want to redistrict! Why would anyone want to mess up this democrat stronghold we have in this area that has done wonders for the valley???

"350 miles from Boardman to Lucasville, longest one in the USA" Set up by democrats in 2002 to give Strickland a safe seat and carried over to Wilson.

Never mind, I just answered my own question.

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6Woody(491 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

“the longest Congressional district in the United States of America,”

Do some research and that statement is not even close. Maybe the longest in Ohio. But not the Country. I mean, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas each only have one district. And those states are huge. I mean you start Montana at the Atlantic where NJ is, it will stretch into Indiana. Then you have Nevada's 2nd, Texas 13th, Idaho's 1st. And a bunch more.

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7redvert(2239 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Woody, go back and read the article. As you will notice, I put the words “the longest Congressional district in the United States of America,” in quotes. This means that I am quoting something said by someone else. In this case, Mr. Betras. Perhaps you should send a email to him letting him know that he stated something incorrect. Perhaps the fact that I added a comment on why it was setup made you assume that I agreed with Betras's statement. I doubt that I would agree with anything Betras would say.

If you are just pouting over the election results, I can't help you! Have a nice day!

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8Woody(491 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago


my comment was directed at Betras. not you. Hence when I quoted it I spelled out "United States of America" as Betras had said it, not "USA" like you had it in your post.

I enjoyed election day. Barney Frank losing is the only thing that could have made it perfect.

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9Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Democrats could have fixed the messed up political process redistricting has become. They where in power they could have changed the system to be more impartial. Now its time to reap the whirlwind for their inaction.

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10SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Maybe we could just eliminate the 17th district and Nancy's lapboy won't have to worry about getting voted out of office by someone who really has something to offer!

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