McNally outraising Brown in Youngstown mayoral race

By David Skolnick

By David Skolnick


In the financial race for Youngstown mayor, John McNally IV has a considerable lead over Jamael Tito Brown.

Both are running in the Democratic primary in May as is Matthew Smith.

McNally, a former Mahoning County commissioner and Youngstown law director, raised $31,935 in contributions in the second half of 2012 for his mayoral bid, according to financial reports filed with the county board of elections.

In comparison, Brown, council president, raised $7,510 between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, and had $1,000 in his account as of June 30.

Smith didn’t file a campaign finance report for 2012.

Wednesday is the filing deadline for candidates wanting to run for Youngstown mayor in the Democratic primary.

Of the money McNally raised, $11,240 came from two campaign fundraisers.

McNally spent $15,388 of his campaign money in the second half of 2012 with $6,724 of it used to pay expenses for the two events.

As of Dec. 31, McNally had $16,546 in his campaign fund.

Brown also had two fundraisers during the last six months of 2012 at which his campaign raised all of the $7,510 he received in contributions for his mayoral bid.

According to Brown’s filings, the cost of the two events was $5,332 meaning his campaign cleared a little more than $2,000 in total for the pair of fundraisers.

Overall, Brown’s campaign spent $6,964 during the last half of 2012 leaving it with $1,546 as of Dec. 31.

Mayor Charles Sammarone, now the only candidate who’s filed for council president, had $6,839 in his campaign fund as of Dec. 31.

Sammarone didn’t raise any money during the second half of 2012. He raised $18,575 during the first half of the year.

During the last six months of 2012, Sammarone’s campaign spent $8,891.

Of that sum, Sammarone paid $3,900 to Rubenstein Associates, a Liberty firm that conducted a poll for the mayor and provided political consulting services.

Much of the remaining money went to charitable organizations including the Salvation Army, the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank, Doctors Without Borders, Make a Wish Foundation, and Beatitude House.

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