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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




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.”


1Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks 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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2formerdemliberal(182 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Congrats, Johnny Mac and Davey B. Surprised by the margin of victory. To the victorious crook go the under-the-table spoils.

Business as usual. Can't wait for that federal indictment to come down sometime during Big Mac's term.

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3GodBlessAmeriKKK(1 comment)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago


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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4Southside_Res(170 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Yesterday, I voted for John McNally. Doing so did nothing to remove the bad taste from my mouth. This is one of the worst mayoral races I've seen in the last twenty years. Literally, we voters were left voting for the lessor of all evils. John does a disservice to himself by gloating in what he thinks was an easy win. I can only pray that we don't see any federal indictments in the next four years. If so, it will be back to square one with that arrogant, self-centered dinosaur we just keep keeping around. (Why is absolutely beyond me.)

One thing I didn't see touched upon in this mayoral race: No candidate spoke about rolling back the highest municipal income tax rate in the state. At Youngstown's 2.75% income tax rate, I would expect newly paved streets every few years, frequently plowed streets in winter and other stellar municipal services. Instead, council and the mayor continue to fund this inefficient morass we call Youngstown on the backs of the poor. The rest of the others who pay high income taxes get nothing in return except broken promises. Why doesn't a group spend its energy on a charter amendment that limits the city income tax rate to 2%? The rest is largess for a grossly inefficient municipality.

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5kensgirl(590 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

So glad I moved to the burbs.

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6Knightcap(693 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I think Kitchen would have done better if he would have embraced the Tea Party more with his anti-tax message. Hurting him was pushing Jimmy Hughes out and creating a racial divide with the support of Simon Bar Sinister and the "valley blacks". It's time for these people to leave the democrat party and form their own. They owe Betras an apology. Ouch!

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7JS(626 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

As I see it . . ..

If Susie was only given a bus and had it loaded with voters then her travels to the polling places would of had real meaning. The problem was a lack of organization and logistics.

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8belmont_envelopes(6 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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9jethead11(139 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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10walter_sobchak(1892 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks 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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11L0L(648 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago


"Instead, council and the mayor continue to fund this inefficient morass we call Youngstown on the backs of the poor"

-Ya, ok. The only thing the "poor" fund are the convenient stores with their Ohio Direction cards that we, the taxpayers, pay for. Fund the city my a$$.


-The problem wasnt logistics it was playing the race card. People are getting tired of that. If Kitchen would have just ran on merit, and not his color with bible thumpers hurting his cause, then he would have had a chance or possibly a victory.

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12PlainAndSimple(4 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks 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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13city_resident(510 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Good luck finding that greener grass, PlainAndSimple.

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14DwightK(1250 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Worst. Election. Ever.

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15JS(626 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Well LOL . . .. What you say is a race card is simply a brand of politics. To win DeMaine Kitchen had to rely heavily on the support of his own. He had the support but many supporters needed transportation to the polls. Block parties and a bus to get the supporters to the polls would have put DeMaine Kitchen in position for a victory.

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16L0L(648 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

And what color were his supporters? He went specifically after the black vote with the race card being played. He tried to win the election based on his race with the Youngstown demographics, not on his merits. people are tired of hearing that bs. And there are such things as absentee ballots so whats your next excuse. I dont care if a candidate is white, black, yellow or green but im simply tired of the race card. Run as a person, not an ethnicity. He lost because he and the NAACP/al sharpton/jesse jackson wanna bees ruined it for him. Plain and simple.

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17JS(626 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

A community organizer was needed to bring out the votes and that didn't happen. DeMaine Kitchen knows of the unemployed plight of the black community very well. He could have been the catalyst to bring about increased employment for blacks. Will John McNally fill the need for jobs amongst the blacks? Only time will tell.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery in his DC speech this year gave the orders.“ We come here today to commemorate, we go back home to agitate.”

Youngstown needs hands on jobs to satisfy the idle hands. More manufacturing of all kinds is needed.


A speaker started a chant, “We come here today to commemorate, we go back home to agitate.” I enjoyed that! I know we have come a great long way since 1963 but there is a lot to be done not just in racial issues but in labor issues."

WASHINGTON — More than 100,000 people who convened on the Washington Mall Aug. 24, rallied, marched and heard dozens of speakers in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. But the clearest message they heard was to unify, go back and fight.


“We’ve come to Washington to commemorate! We’re going back home to agitate! We’ve come to Washington to commemorate! We’re going back home to agitate!” The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a veteran foot soldier for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., led the chant as the thousands echoed the words, preparing to march after the day-long rally. “We want to go back home to complete the unfinished task,” he said.

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18kensgirl(590 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks 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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19walter_sobchak(1892 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks 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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20Sparky(180 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Why is parlayhenry saying Kitchen got beat like a rented mule?

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21Sparky(180 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Or saying Kitchen got dropped like a three foot putt? Parlay??? You out there? And previous post sorry ..meant to say why isn't instead of is ...

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