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Council president to run for mayor

Published: Tue, December 11, 2012 @ 12:04 a.m.

By David Skolnick



City Council President Jamael Tito Brown is the latest candidate to join the 2013 mayoral race.

Brown said Monday he was somewhat surprised by Mayor Charles Sammarone’s comments to The Vindicator on Friday that he was “reconsidering” a run after repeatedly saying he was “99-percent” sure he wouldn’t seek the position.

“If he would have indicated earlier that he was running, I would have supported him” and not sought the position, Brown said of Sammarone.

Sammarone said he’ll discuss a potential run with his family and community leaders over the holidays and make a decision shortly after Jan. 1.

Brown said he’s spent months preparing for the mayoral race and is committed to seeking the position in the Democratic primary whether or not Sammarone runs.

“I’m going to continue my efforts,” said Brown, who added that Sammarone encouraged him to run about a week ago. “I’m 110-percent committed to this race.”

Brown will have a press conference Thursday at the V2 Wine Bar Trattoria on West Federal Street to announce his candidacy.

He could file nominating petitions as early as Thursday with the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

Brown said his campaign will be based on efforts to provide “livable-wage jobs” in the city, continue Sammarone’s policies of making city workers more accountable, multi-task while being more efficient and use community-based programs and technology to reduce crime and make people safe.

If Sammarone doesn’t run, Brown said he “would love to have his support” in the mayor’s race.

“I’ve been watching him and have learned how to manage,” Brown said of Sammarone. “He’s done a great job.”

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

Outgoing Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally IV and Matthew Smith have filed nominating petitions for the Democratic primary.

A longtime council president, Sammarone replaced Jay Williams on Aug. 1, 2011, as mayor when the latter resigned to join the administration of President Barack Obama.

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

Brown, a 3rd Ward councilman, replaced Sammarone as council president when Williams resigned.


1Westsider(223 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Yikes.....but he has a very strong following and multiple people assisting him. He is hard to beat.

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2Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Paul Drennen, 5th Ward councilman would make an excellent Mayor.


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3Southside_Res(172 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Hopefully, residents will remember Christmas week (2012) because it was the week Youngstown didn't plow the streets and let garbage rot on the curb for two weeks. It was the week the city administration and its mayor gave us the present of ghetto status. Thanks, Mr. Mayor! Oh, and you city turds can't use the excuse that I wasn't in office when that happened. Well, Sammarone and his right-hand man ARE responsible for this debacle. And, before I hear the excuses, let me remind you it f----- snows here every year. So, honestly! You gonna use the weather as an excuse?! Please!

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4Ianacek(909 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Such harsh criticism ! This is a very busy time of year .
I understand staff & elected representatives were given their holiday pays & their offices were still heated despite the snow . Office Xmas parties had to proceed - you can't hold them off until post Xmas . There were individual holiday plans & packing to finalize . Half the staff would already have been mentally at Orlando & points south . Xmas trees to decorate , presents to wrap , turkeyds to collect , guest lists to revise etc .

And you expected trash to be collected as well ?
And in this weather ?

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5Southside_Res(172 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

So the City of Youngstown takes Ohio Valley as the lowest bid for all of the city. They didn't collect the trash last week. I wonder if they will be picking it up tomorrow as planned. See what happens when the city takes the lowest bidder. Junk service.

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