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Candidates' forum got a bit testy at Youngstown church

Published: Mon, October 7, 2013 @ 10:08 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A forum, particularly among those running for Youngstown mayor, got a bit testy at times as candidates took subtle and not-so-subtle shots at each other.

Write-in candidate Claudette Moore focused her attention tonight on Democrat John A. McNally IV questioning an indictment on political corruption charges, dismissed two years ago, against the latter.

Moore also lashed out at the packed crowd of about 200 people at the forum at New Bethel Baptist Church, sponsored by the Community Mobilization Coalition and the Junior Civic League. The crowd was noisy at times.

McNally and Moore both asked the audience to not talk so the candidates could be heard.

The Rev. Kenneth L. Simon, New Bethel pastor and head of the coalition, who served as the forum’s co-moderator, had to repeatedly ask the audience to not be loud and a few times, including after Moore’s comments, that personal attacks would not be tolerated.

DeMaine Kitchen, an independent candidate, was also at the event and definitely had the audience with him.

The loudest cheer of the night came during his opening statement.

For the complete story, read Tuesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

"DeMaine Kitchen, an independent candidate, was also at the event and definitely had the audience with him."
Wow who would have guessed.This event took place where, oh thats right, at New Bethel Baptist Church,that would explain the crowd response now wouldn't it. Now have an event at Saint Ed's and see who the crowd would be cheering for.

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2Silence_Dogood(1677 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I have to give credit to McNally for even showing up, and I have to fault the Vindy for not pointing out the FACT that the "GOOD REVEREND" Kenneth L. Simon, whose home crowd follows every blessed word he say's, has been on the record as being opposed to the Democratic Party's nominee.

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3BrazenBull(12 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The debate tonight was boring. The candidates held the party line. The Vindicator and all the other news outlets ignore the real stories.

D. Kitchen has tax issues. Who doesn't?

Kenneth L. Simon, baptist preacher, and moderator of tonight's event, apparently doesn't pay his property taxes either.

http://www.mahoningcountyoh.gov/ is a great public resource for checking out public officials. Kenneth L. Simon refuses to pay property taxes too. He's a slumlord over on Belmont. Look him up (parcel ID 530130018000)

Vindy.com says Lindsey Hughes is dating Dominic Gatta. He's the guy who had the lucrative Jazzfest contract for his "Gatta Productions", which got Lindsey in trouble for misuse of city funds. No big deal, right?

Maybe if that was the only deal Lindsey made between "gatta productions" and the city. Unfortunately, Their relationship has led to a long string of illegal city contracts. The Vindy has published all this, but no one has put the pieces together.

The Vindicator fails to notice that the crown jewel of the Dominic Corporation, the Federal Building downtown, is tax delinquent. Why does Youngstown's downtown special events planner make contracts with guys who owe $10,000 to the city?

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4BrazenBull(12 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I just received a text. Apparently the downtown special events planner, Ms. Hughes, let her boyfriend organize the Beerfest at Covelli this past weekend.

Why are city officials signing contracts with downtown business owners who refuse to pay taxes?

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5BrazenBull(12 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

After watching the last few weeks of political drama, added to tonight's fireworks at Bethel Church...everyone seems frustrated by our mayoral choices.

Everyone seems corrupt, or dishonest, or someone not like me. DeMaine is inexperienced, and Dave is just too white. There's a big movement to write in Phil Kidd.

White or black, Phil Kidd is the answer.

We've been cut out for too long. It's time to get our Phil.

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