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Three file to run for county commissioner

Published: Sat, December 3, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Three candidates for a Mahoning County commissioner seat filed nominating petitions — and several more are expected to do so before Wednesday’s deadline.

On Friday, Austintown Trustee David Ditzler; Richard “Oz” Ouzounian of Boardman, who operates a communications company; and Domenic Delmonte of Austintown, a truck driver and heavy-equipment operator, filed nominating petitions as Democrats.

They are seeking to succeed Commissioner John McNally IV, a Democrat from Youngstown, who isn’t seeking re-election when his term ends Jan. 2, 2013.

“I talked to a lot of people in this county who are sick and tired of politics as usual,” Delmonte said. “We can’t ever expect anything different from county government if we keep promoting the same old career politicians from within the system.”

Wednesday is the filing deadline for the March 6 primary.

Other Democrats expressing interest in the seat include: former Boardman Trustee Robyn Gallitto; former Youngstown Councilman Jerome McNally; Walter “Buzz” Pishkur, director of business development for United Water and the former head of Forum Health and Aqua Ohio; and Gary O’Nesti, managing principal at Gary G. O’Nesti & Associates, a real-estate development business.

David Rossi of Boardman, a retired Houston law-enforcement officer, is circulating nominating petitions to be the Republican candidate for McNally’s seat, said Mark Munroe, Mahoning County Republican chairman.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, who filed his petitions earlier this week for re-election, likely will have a Republican opponent in the November general election.

Kimberly Poma, a member of the Boardman Board of Education, plans to file as a Republican candidate for the 59th District seat, Munroe said.

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