Candidates' forum got a bit testy at Youngstown church

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

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