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Attention candidates: If you are running in a competitive Democratic primary in Youngstown, Struthers, Warren, Girard. Lordstown, Salem or Leetonia and haven’t received a candidate questionnaire in the mail from The Vindicator, please contact me at skolnick@vindy.com. If you received one, please fill it out by Monday. There are no Republican primaries in the newspaper’s coverage area.

Merger talks: The Democrats of the 17th and 6th Districts — a club that at one time had almost as much political clout as the Mahoning County Democratic Party — is losing membership and wants to merge with the North County Democrats.

The Dems of the 17th and 6th unanimously voted in favor of the merger, which would also mean a new name for the combined club.

North County is meeting Monday to vote on the merger.

“We concluded having one strong organization” is better than two with lesser members, said Sherman Miles, Dems of the 17th and 6th’s secretary-treasurer. Andrew Hamady, a co-founder, recently resigned as the club’s president.

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