Travers to file Monday as independent for Youngstown council president
By David Skolnick
Chris Travers, a community activist, said he’s going to run for Youngs-town council president as an independent.
In his announcement, Travers criticized Mayor Charles Sammarone, who is running unopposed in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for council president, for saying the Covelli Centre is “not an anchor for downtown,” and that he is seeking to return to council president because it’s part-time.
“I want to use this office to work harder and help the city’s neighborhood groups and residents building meaningful relationships with its municipal government,” Travers said. “The president of council can be a key advocate for community needs on a citywide scale.”
In response, Sammarone said council president’s two key functions are running city council meetings — “nobody does it better than me” — and being ready to take over as mayor, which he did in August 2011 when Jay Williams resigned. Sammarone has served 17 years as council president.
Travers previously worked in radio and television management and sales, and has taken an active role in land-bank and other community issues.
He said he’ll file his nominating petitions Monday, the deadline to submit them for independent candidates.
Also, the winner of Tuesday’s Green Party primary for council president between Susie Beiersdorfer and Terrance Esarco will move on to the November general election.