Two mayoral candidates say they oppose Covelli Centre sale

Two mayoral candidates say the oppose Covelli Centre sale


John McNally IV and Jamael Tito Brown, the two leading Democratic candidates for mayor, answered questions about downtown, regionalization, the city’s school district and what Youngstown will look like in 2020 during today’s Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber debate.

Both were quick to praise the city-owned Covelli Centre and said they oppose a sale of the facility.

Brown, city council president, said downtown needs signage as to where to park and better exterior lighting, adding he’s “concerned walking on streets without good lighting.”

McNally, a former Mahoning County commissioner and city law director, said downtown streets need to be cleaner and when it snows, the sidewalks need to be shoveled.

“I’m not afraid to walk in downtown Youngstown; it’s the safest place in our city,” he said.

Matthew Smith, a third candidate in Democratic primary who struggled during the first mayoral debate on March 21, did not attend the chamber event.

For the complete story, read Saturday’s Vindicator and

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