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Gains, Macejko agree to a televised debate

Published: Wed, February 1, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.





By David Skolnick



The two Democratic candidates in the hotly contested Mahoning County prosecutor’s primary race will meet Feb. 22 in a televised debate.

The hourlong debate, organized by 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, will air live beginning at 7 p.m. with the event taking place at the station’s downtown studio, said Mona Alexander, the station’s news director.

Youngstown Prosecutor Jay Macejko, the challenger, quickly agreed to the debate.

Incumbent county Prosecutor Paul J. Gains’ campaign was in discussions with WFMJ about the debate, coming to a resolution Saturday, two days before a Monday deadline the station gave to commit to the event, Alexander said.

Alexander said she needed a commitment by Monday to have the time to schedule the debate.

Gains’ campaign had questions about the debate’s format.

Those issues were addressed without any problems, Alexander and Gains said.

The moderator for the debate is 21 news anchor Bob Black. The panelists are Bertram de Souza, editorial-page writer and columnist for The Vindicator, and 21 news reporters Michelle Nicks and Glenn Stevens.

The debate will be broadcast on 21 WFMJ TV and streamed live on wfmj.com.

Gains is seeking his fifth four-year term as prosecutor. Macejko, city prosecutor since 2006 and a former assistant county prosecutor under Gains, has the county Democratic Party’s endorsement.

No Republican filed for county prosecutor. The deadline for independents to file is March 5, the day before the primary.


1pgurney(296 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

It's about time! I can't wait to see this!
Knock 'em dead JAY!

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2mishmash(333 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

the GAINS GANG must GO !!

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3kensgirl(1067 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Just remember people of the Valley - Gaines took a bullet for honesty in politics. That should stand for a lot.

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4dennycrain(22 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

macejko cost the city $160,000 for his RELIGIOUS DSICRIMINATION! And now there is a CURRENT LAWSUIT alleging macejko is guilty of RACE GENDER and DISABILTY DISCRIMINATION by a secretary in his OWN office because she REFUSED TO LIE for macejko in the federal RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION lawsuit! Debate?? macejko should be thrown out of town! I am Rick Berger, and I refuse to HIDE behind anonymity and I approve of this message! hahahhalolololol!!! "Make a Difference" Semper Fi!

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