Youngstown mayoral candidates field questions at forum

Youngstown mayoral candidates field questions at forum

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, and other community groups, asked the three Democratic candidates for Youngstown mayor today to “lead” or “get out of the way” on the organization’s three key issues.

The trio agreed to support a city law requiring those filing foreclosures on vacant houses to post a $10,000 bond, and to make sure more city residents, including convicted felons, have employment opportunities.

But two candidates — council President Jamael Tito Brown and John A. McNally IV, a former city law director and Mahoning County commissioner — said they don’t endorse a Youngstown anti-fracking charter amendment on the May 7 ballot that both said is too far-reaching with sections that aren’t enforceable.

While the crowd of about 200 was lively, many of those in attendance at what MVOC called a “We the People” public meeting applauded Brown and McNally for their opposition to the charter amendment, and what the members of the various groups there consider a “get-out-of-the-way” vote.

For the complete story, read Tuesday’s Vindicator and

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