Mahoning Dems, Republicans will meet June 7 to elect leaders

By David Skolnick


The precinct committee members of the Mahoning County Democratic and Republican parties will meet — separately, of course — June 7 to vote on their party officials, including chairmen.

Democratic Chairman David Betras and Republican Chairman Mark Munroe are seeking re-election.

Rick Berger, a former precinct committee member, is planning to challenge Betras.

Other positions to be determined by Democratic precinct committee members at the meeting are executive vice chairman, secretary, treasurer, vice chairman of labor relations and vice chairman of minority affairs.

Jaladah Aslam and Sylvester D. Patton are the incumbents in the latter two positions, respectively, and will not be seeking re-election.

That meeting at St. Luke Parish, 5235 South Ave. in Boardman, starts with a breakfast at 10 a.m. followed by speeches and votes starting about 11 a.m. June 7.

Those interested in seeking the posts must submit a signed letter of intent with the signatures, addresses and precincts of five precinct committee members by noon June 3 to Kenneth A. Carano, the party’s executive vice chairman. His address is 1906 Countryside Drive, Austintown 44515.

The Republicans will meet at 9 a.m. June 7 at party headquarters, 621 Boardman-Canfield Road, to elect a chairman, a vice chairman and chairwoman. Vice Chairman Ed Crepage isn’t seeking re-election, Munroe said.

Those wanting to run for Republican leadership posts need to submit a letter of interest by June 2. Letters can be left at party headquarters or mailed to Tracey Winbush, P.O. Box 9012, Boardman 44513.

The parties had to wait until Friday, when the board of elections officially certified the results of the primary election, to schedule the meetings.

One vote decided the outcome of a Youngstown liquor option. On the May 6 primary, the vote was a 64-64 tie on the issue for Sunday wine and mixed-beverages sales at South Meridian Drive Thru, 4375 S. Meridian Road, in Youngstown Precinct 4I.

There was one provisional ballot in that precinct to be counted. That one no vote was counted Friday, thus handing the option a defeat.

The board also decided the outcome of a Democratic precinct committee race in Canfield Township Precinct 3 by a coin flip. Catherine Engartner won the coin flip against John J. Maluso. Both ran as write-in candidates and each received four votes. Because of the tie, the board still must conduct a recount, which will be at 5 p.m. June 3.

With provisional votes counted, the final results of the Democratic primary for county probate court judge was closer than the unofficial primary night totals. Susan Maruca beat Christopher Sammarone by 200 votes. It was 222 votes before provisionals were counted.

Also, the county’s sales-tax issue lost by 519 votes in the final tally compared with 531 on primary night.

The board on Friday certified Robert Rusu of Canfield and Mary Ann Fabrizi of Berlin Center as independent candidates for probate court judge against Maruca in November.

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