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McNally easily defeats Kitchen, others in low-turnout race



Published: Wed, November 6, 2013 @ 12:01 a.m.

RELATED: Victory is bittersweet for McNally

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

While Mayor-elect John McNally IV

savored his victory Tuesday night, he said he would begin work on his new administration today.

McNally, who takes office in January, said he will spend today calling Connie Hathorn, Youngstown superintendent of schools; Bishop George Murry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, who oversees the city’s Catholic schools; and the office of Gov. John Kasich.

Kasich said last week that he wants to help fix the city school system and to discuss ways to improve education in Youngstown.

By the end of the week, McNally, the Democratic nominee in the race, said he’ll start to ask for resumes from people interested in serving in his cabinet.

While there were six candidates vying for mayor, the results showed this was a two-man race between McNally, a former city law director and Mahoning County commissioner, and DeMaine Kitchen, chief of staff/secretary to the mayor and a former 2nd Ward councilman.

McNally, who first thought of running for mayor about a decade ago, received 54.5 percent of the vote, easily beating Kitchen, who received 43 percent of the vote.

Among the others, Claudette Moore, who said God told her to run, received one vote as a write-in.

Meanwhile, Mayor Charles Sammarone, a Democrat, easily defeated Chris Travers, an independent, and Susie Beiersdorfer, the Green Party nominee, in the race for city council president.

For McNally, it was a reversal of fortune after he beat council President Jamael Tito Brown in the Democratic primary by only 142 votes.

The close primary was a wake-up call, said McNally, who added that in the last week of that election “I lost a little energy and steam, and that happened at the wrong time.”

The strong victory Tuesday “was the result of a tremendous amount of work by a lot of people knocking on 11,000 doors, making 2,500 phone calls and making changes from the primary,” McNally said.

McNally said he went to bed the night before the election “confident” that he would win.

“I was never that nervous,” he said. “I was looking forward to it.”

Kitchen said he was proud of the race he ran.

“I don’t have any regrets about the effort,” he said. “We did everything we had to do. I have zero regrets.”

Kitchen, who’s been on voluntary unpaid leave for a month to concentrate on his mayoral campaign, will return to his chief of staff/secretary job on Monday.

The mayoral race was overshadowed at times by a sexual-harassment investigation being conducted by an investigator hired by the city into allegations from Lyndsey Hughes, the city’s downtown director of events, special projects and marketing, that Kitchen sexually harassed her on and off since January 2011.

Kitchen strongly denied the claims and questioned the timing — five weeks before the election from a McNally supporter.

Also adding some controversy to this election were allegations from some black community leaders about county Democratic Party Chairman David Betras removing two city council members and one former member from the party’s executive committee because they supported Kitchen.

On Tuesday, Betras, who said he was offended by the claims of racism leveled against him, was all smiles.

Youngstown “will now be led by a visionary mayor who is committed to building a brighter future for every resident by making neighborhoods safer, attracting new growth and development, and building upon the astonishing progress the city has made in recent years,” he said.

Also Tuesday, Sammarone, a former council president for 171⁄2 years, easily won with 66.9 percent of the vote.

Sammarone left the council president job in August 2011 to become mayor when Jay Williams resigned to join the administration of President Barack Obama.

As is his tradition, Sammarone was out of town during the final days of the campaign.

“You hear a lot of rhetoric in the final days so I usually leave before the election,” he said. “I like John and look forward to working with him. The goal is to do what’s best for the city and that’s what I’ll do with John as mayor.”


Comments

1Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 1 year ago

"... Claudette Moore, who said God told her to run, received one vote as a write-in."

Is god black? Did god sleep in on election day?

Are bible thumpers and bible prophets simple perverts of the written word determined only to profit from selling god?

Moore admitted in an interview she was attacked by Demons (http://www.vindy.com/videos/2013/oct/...) (stated at 0:56).
-Why such attention from Demons? Do Demons need political representation too?

Does Moore have a fascination with communicating with a god, any god, as actor George Burns and actor/singer John Denver displayed in the comedy fantasy movie, "Oh God, You Devil"?

Can McNally make friends with Moore and develop a friendship with god, even if only through Moore, bishops and mail order titled clergy?

Will allegations from Lyndsey Hughes disappear faster than a christian collection plate?

Will Connie Hathorn and Bishop George Murry admit that god is dead and leave christ on the cross just so they can converse with Ohio Governor Kasich and get a check for $616.94?

Wow, unholy mole whiskers, I sense an old testament miracle here Batman!

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2GodBlessAmeriKKK(1 comment)posted 1 year ago

@askmeificare

Dag Nabbit why must everything be black and white with you people as if a "white person" has never said anything less than smart pretty sure there is a bunch of NOT S*** @$$ whites (since color matters to you and not the actual people) that makes just as much of a mockery out of society than the sterotypical HAVE NOTS hell i see more disgusting low life white people on Steve Wilkos but that does not mean classify evey "white" person as trailor trash you douche bag

And no all the black people were not sleeping in "we were tending to the fields like you said massa"

Such a jack@$$!

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3kensgirl(635 comments)posted 1 year ago

So glad I moved to the burbs.

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4belmont_envelopes(6 comments)posted 1 year ago

Back at the public trough once again, envelopes in stow.

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5jethead11(139 comments)posted 1 year ago

Democrats still run Youngstown. Finally things will change for the better (said with great sarcasm).

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6walter_sobchak(1950 comments)posted 1 year ago

The question now is if McNally is once again indicted by the State, will he resign from office? The swirl in the toilet is picking up and Youngstown is rapidly going down!

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7Roger_Thornhill(607 comments)posted 1 year ago

McNally isn't going to be indicted for the Oak Hill stuff again.

Feds make me want to puke. Not because they stopped state prosecution, but because they did not tell public why. Nothing else came out of it.

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8PlainAndSimple(4 comments)posted 1 year ago

It doesnt really matter who the Mayor of Youngstown is. The problem in Youngstown is the PEOPLE IN YOUNGSTOWN. I have been all over the world, and when I come back to Youngstown, I cant help but think "Damn you people are pathetic". So many people just LIVE off the government! They dont see it as "assistance" they see it as a CAREER! Section 8 and $650 a month in Food Stamps is all it takes to buy their pride and MOTIVATION! That is SAD! I cant wait to graduate next semester because me and my family are OUTTA HERE! I refuse to be surrounded by so many people who feel sorry for themselves. Youngstown will continue to be generation after generation of bums. Kids growing up now see their parents not doing anything, and most of them will grow up to be bums JUST LIKE their parents. Its a pathetic CYCLE. So again, it doesnt really matter who is the Mayor of this Town of TURDS. However, now McNally actually DOES have a reason to feel like King Sh!T, LMAO! He should sit on his porcelain throne with a plunger in his hand!

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9city_resident(513 comments)posted 1 year ago

Good luck finding that greener grass, PlainAndSimple.

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10DwightK(1292 comments)posted 1 year ago

Worst. Election. Ever.

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11kensgirl(635 comments)posted 1 year ago

This has got to be on of the worst times in history regarding racial tensions. I don't think things will ever be solved truthfully. As long as blacks keep playing the race card and whites do their "thing" in terms of corruption and who knows, things will never be settled. The next generation and those that follow will suffer even more. No one wants to give in. So sad. I have no high hopes for Youngstown anymore. They were once given the key to their own city but somehow they locked themselves out.

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12walter_sobchak(1950 comments)posted 1 year ago

We’ve come to Washington to commemorate! We’re going back home to agitate!”

And the people responded "Wha? Jus send me a check and it's all good!" The govt teat gets bigger, the rabble suckles and votes for more. The election of Barack Hussein Obama says, to me, that the excuses are over...it's up to you!

Last one leaving Youngstown, turn out the lights if they haven't already been stolen with the copper pipes and aluminum siding.

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