Ex-cop chief running for Youngstown mayor


Retired Police Chief Jimmy Hughes, who lost the Democratic primary for Mahoning County sheriff last year, has filed to run for Youngstown mayor.

Hughes, who retired in 2011, said he “wrestled” with running as an independent or as a Democrat.

A few minutes before 4 p.m. Wednesday, the filing deadline for the primary, Hughes stood at the counter of the Mahoning County Board of Elections weighing both options before deciding to run as a Democrat.

The elections board will certify candidates for the May 7 primary ballot at a Monday meeting.

Hughes joined three other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to be mayor of this heavily Democratic city.

The others are John McNally IV, a former county commissioner and city law director; Council President Jamael Tito Brown; and Matthew Smith, who unsuccessfully ran for elected city office in the 1980s.

The Green Party has two candidates — Terrance P. Esarco and Susie Beiersdorfer, local activists — running in its primary for council president.

Both are also members of Frack Free Mahoning Valley, an organization that sought to submit petitions with 3,792 signatures to Valencia Marrow, Youngstown clerk of council, on Wednesday.

In Warren, former United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Jim Graham has filed petitions to run for Warren council president against incumbent Bob Dean.

Graham lost to Doug Franklin in the 2011 Democratic primary election for Warren mayor, Graham’s first attempt at political office.

No Republicans filed to run for any seat in Mahoning or Trumbull counties in the primary.

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.

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