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Democratic Club announces endorsements

Published: Mon, February 27, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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The Mahoning Valley Democratic Club has announced its endorsements for the March 6 primary election. All unopposed Democratic candidates were unanimously endorsed by the club.

The countywide club broke ranks with the official Mahoning County Democratic Party by endorsing incumbent Paul Gains for prosecutor and Walter Pishkur for county commissioner. The party officially endorsed Jay Macejko and David Ditzler, respectively, for those posts.

Selections were made at the club’s meeting last week. The next meeting is set for April or May and will be in Poland.

All Democrats in the Mahoning Valley are invited to join the club. The club is a grass-roots effort to inform the public on government operations and candidates running for office.

The following is a list of those receiving club endorsements:

County treasurer: Dan Yemma.

County engineer: Patrick Ginnetti.

7th District Court of Appeals: Attorney Mark Hanni.

County recorder: Noralyn Palermo.

58th District state representative: Robert Hagan.

59th District state representative: Ron Gerberry.

County commissioner 1/2/13 term: Anthony Traficanti.

County commissioner 1/3/13 term: Walter J. Pishkur.

County sheriff: Jerry Greene.

County prosecutor: Attorney Paul Gains.

State Central Committee: Joyce Kale Pesta.


1Cory(5 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Good for them. Gains and Pishkur will get my vote.

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2mishmash(311 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The Hanni operatives prevail within this group. You can plainly see the vote was an Anti-BETRAS grouping.

Always good and bad in everything out there.

The bad thing about this particular group is..... They allow anybody to walk in (or bus in) and join the club on the night of endorsements and vote, then, you never see those people again.

This has happened in the 2009 primary & general elections, 2011 general election, and now in this 2012 primary.

This club needs to address the ability to "carpetbag votes" before it becomes credible.

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3assiseeit(36 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Once again, I can only tell you what I heard happened that night, as I wasnt there... but unless you believe in "bought and paid for" endorsements... then these endorsements don't mean a whole lot. Anyone who walked in to the endorsement meeting that night and paid a $10 registration fee (or had a candidate slap down $250 for 25 of their friends) could have voted. So congratulations to the "endorsed candidates" who had their friends show up and pay for them to get endorsed.

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