County Engineer Marsico to withdraw from race

Long-time Mahoning County Engineer Richard Marsico is expected to withdraw from his re-election bid at a 1:30 p.m. news conference this afternoon at the engineer's office, 940 Bears Den Road.

"I was informed late last [night] from the co-chair of Marsico's reelection campaign that he wishes to withdraw from the March primary. I was told he respects the party endorsement and wanted unity for his office and the party." Democratic Party Chariman Dave Betras said in a news release.

Marsico lost the endorsement to newcomer Patrick Ginnetti Saturday.

"Dick has been an awesome officeholder and i respect him, his office and the work he has provided to our county," Betras said in the statement. "I know this decision was difficult for him and I respect him for making such a difficult decision."

Ginnetti will also attend the news conference, Betras said

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