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Sammarone reconsidering plans to not run for mayor



Published: Mon, December 10, 2012 @ 1:27 p.m.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Mayor Charles Sammarone, who’s repeatedly said he is “99-percent” sure he won’t run for the seat next year, is “reconsidering” it.

“I’m going to look at it again and rethink it,” Sammarone told The

Vindicator on Friday.

Sammarone, a Democrat appointed mayor in August 2011, said even before taking over the city that there was only a 1-percent chance he’d run for the position in the 2013 election.

“A lot of people are asking me to reconsider, so that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.

Sammarone, 69, said residents, city council members and business leaders want him to run next year “to finish what I started with accountability in city government.”

The mayor said he’ll discuss his political future with his family and community leaders over the upcoming holidays and make a decision shortly after the first of January.

As for the “99-percent” statements, Sammarone said that always left the door open for the remaining 1

percent.

And if he runs for mayor, Sammarone said he isn’t sure he’d complete the full four-year term.

If not mayor, Sammarone said he could run next year for council president, a position he held before the mayoral appointment.

“Anything is possible,” he said. “Who knows? I don’t even know.”

Feb. 6 is the deadline to file for the Democratic primary, which is May 7.

Outgoing Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally IV and Matthew Smith have filed nominating petitions for the Democratic primary. Several others are looking at a mayoral run with decisions expected by January for most potential candidates.

Sammarone has about 29 years of experience in city government. He’s been mayor since Aug. 1, 2011. Before that he served as a councilman, council president and water commissioner.

“There’s not a lot of people left in government with my experience,” he said. “I’ve been involved a long time.”

Sammarone was council president when then-Mayor Jay Williams resigned Aug. 1, 2011, to take a job with the President Barack Obama administration.

Williams was selected as the executive director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. Since June 8, Williams been deputy director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, based in the White House.

Under the city charter, council president automatically succeeds the mayor and fills out the remainder of his term if the top elected city official leaves office early.

During his 16-plus months as mayor, Sammarone has focused his efforts on making city employees, particularly managers, more accountable as well as finding ways to cut the cost of government, and increasing code enforcement and the demolition of vacant residential houses.

In July, he said, “I’m trying to change attitudes. That’s a long and hard process. It’s one of the hardest things you have to do. Not everyone in city government, but some government workers have a tendency to do enough just to get by rather than make the best decisions. We have to be proactive, and not just reactive.”


Comments

1Silence_Dogood(1348 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Nothing like an oversized ego to get in the way of your retirement plan.

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2xodia(3 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

I hear he's running as a narcissist this year.

Tool.

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3uselesseater(229 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Oh the man in charge calls it a 99% chance he won't run, and now he is going to?

Perhaps dementia is sneaking in. Or the Tito experience is playing out.

Chuck should go out to pasture. He's spent 30 years in various capacities aiding in Youngstown's decline. While he hasn't been so much in the media about quick to get, steal, take and spend he's long done his part to funnel funny money.

Is there a pension scheme here too? Does he get a big fat pension increase with an additional high earning year of another term? I am sure there must be something like that.

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4Silence_Dogood(1348 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Sammarone was in charge of the Water Department for three years. Just about the time he took control of that department they forgot how to answer the phones. This man talks a lot of B.S. about accountability for the Department heads of the various departments of City Government but yet he is never held accountable himself.Try to place a call to the Water Department on any given day and you will be on hold for over an hour half the time. This all started when this oversized coat took over the day to day operation of the Water Department.

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5One_Who_Stayed(237 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

There’s not a lot of people left in government with my experience,” he said. “I’ve been involved a long time.

We can only hope. These are the same people who stood by and collected city paychecks and huge benefits while the city steadily went down the toilet and 35 years later is just now starting to come out of.

If I was him (or anyone else running for mayor) being in Youngstown government for years would be my best-kept secret!

Do not re-elect anyone who has been in a city job for more than 5 years.

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