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Oles takes name off list for Mahoning treasurer post

Published: Sat, May 21, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Austintown Trustee Lisa Oles’ time as a Mahoning County treasurer candidate was short and is over.

Oles wrote in a Friday email to The Vindicator that she made the decision to withdraw as a candidate for the vacant seat “after further soul-searching” and that her “commitment to Austintown takes precedence over anything else at this time.”

Lisa Antonini, a former county Democratic Party chairwoman, resigned as treasurer Monday after being charged federally with honest-services mail fraud for taking and failing to report a $3,000 cash contribution for her campaign in 2008.

County Democratic Party precinct committee members will vote June 6 on Antonini’s replacement.

Candidates have until May 31 to submit letters of interest for the appointment to Party Chairman David Betras.

There still are three candidates so far.

They are: Dan Yemma, chief deputy treasurer and a Struthers councilman; Kenneth A. Carano, who’s been Gov. Ted Strickland’s regional director, Ohio House member and Austintown Township trustee; and Roxanne DeNiro, 29-year employee of the treasurer’s office, who submitted her letter of intent Friday.

Carano also is the party’s executive vice chairman, parliamentarian and elections-committee chairman.

Oles said she withdrew Friday, three days after officially applying for the appointment, because s he’s focused on getting a township senior levy passed in November and “to address the water monopoly Youngstown is trying to create.”

Youngstown, which provides water to Austintown with a 40-percent surcharge, recently signed a long-term deal with Aqua Ohio to provide that company with water. Officials with Austintown, Boardman and Canfield townships had discussed Aqua’s possibly providing water.

But the Youngstown-Aqua deal includes a “no-compete” clause.

Oles is up for re-election as trustee in November.

“In addition, it did not feel right for me to be competing against Ken Carano, an Austintown resident, as Ken and I have worked together on numerous projects to benefit the veterans in our area,” Oles wrote in the email. “I wish Ken well.SDRq


1outsideobserver(31 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Dancin Dan for Treasurer........

Dancin Dan for Recorder........

Dancin Dan for Commissioner.........

Dancin Dan for Auditor.........

Dancin Dan for Dancin Dan.

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2Diebold2000(38 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The Chief Puppeteer must have scolded Lisa and told her something like," Lisa do you want to be on my list of endorsements? Then withdraw your name because Kenny needs another public job! Besides I am mad as hell at Yemma. As Sonny sings "As the Beat Goes On" in the background.

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3ytownLADY79(26 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I say they should consider the woman who has worked in the office for 29 years. Enough with the political hacks!

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4outsideobserver(31 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


You are joking right? You mean the woman who's really a Hanni?

There's more to her story but she should be given the opportunity to drop out before the real bomb is dropped.

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5candystriper(575 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

This reads like a staged accident.


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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Kenneth A. Carano will get the job . . ..

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7VindyPost(436 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

( : ...just a giggle... : )

Regarding the candidates and applicants:

maybe the Democratic Party should use the same Washington, DC Hiring Firm that Jay Williams is recruiting for police chief.

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