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Voters in Youngstown face some challenging and beguiling choices in some key citywide races come

Published: Sat, October 26, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Sammarone is clear choice for Youngstown council chief

Voters in Youngstown face some challenging and beguiling choices in some key citywide races come Election Day Nov. 5.

The race for president of Youngstown City Council, however, is not one of them.

City residents can easily and confidently entrust their votes to Youngstown Mayor Charles Sammarone who is clearly head and shoulders above either of his challengers.

Regardless if who voters elect as mayor, he or she will benefit from the experience and knowledge Sammarone can share from his three decades of experience in city government.


His challengers are Independent Chris Travers and Green Party candidate Susie Beiersdorfer.

Travers has shaped the race largely around his perceived failings of Sammarone and his administration. As such, we wonder why he did not seek the mayoral position.

Beiersdorfer, an activist in the anti-fracking movement in the Mahoning Valley, appears to seek office largely to promote her group’s Community Bill of Rights, which we believe is likely to fail again on Election Day.

Of the three, Sammarone enunciates the most comprehensive and realistic agenda: “I want to stay in city government to continue my policies of accountability, pushing for improvements in the neighborhoods, including more demolitions, more consolidation with [Mahoning] County, and financial stability.”

Given his experience, his knowledge of Youngstown city operations, his valuable contacts and his ability to mentor others, The Vindicator heartily endorses Sammarone.


1howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

The Youngstown President of Council Debate was held Thursday October 24th and no one from The Vindicator could be bothered to show, perhaps if they had their endorsement would be different.

For those of you who were not able to attend you missed quite possibly the best and most informative candidates debate in Youngstowns history.

The two front runner candidates for the position fielded questions from the audience that varied from:
What would you do in the event you had to take over as Mayor?
What are your plans to address poverty in the city?
Would you work to put the Charter Review Committee recommendations on the ballot?
Would you support the Committee's plan to eliminate the position of President of Council?
And many other intelligent questions all of which were taken seriously and responded too with thoughtful answers by both Chris Travers and Susie Beiersdorfer.

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the evening was when Pastor Harrison asked the audience if they wanted to end on time or extend the meeting and go through all of the questions, the unanimous decision was to continue the debate. Many were overheard to comment that this was the best debate they had ever attended, too bad the Democratic Party was not there to participate.

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