Youngstown judicial candidate to rectify improper donation from her dad

By David Skolnick


A Youngstown Municipal Court candidate improperly accepted a $1,500 cash contribution from her father, but says she is rectifying the situation.

The cash contribution limit is $100.

Carla Baldwin, a Democrat running for the open judicial seat, listed the cash donation from her father, Charles E. Baldwin, on her pre-primary campaign finance report filed late last week. The cash was given April 8 to her campaign, according to the report.

“It was an oversight,” Baldwin said. “We will be filing an amended report. It will be given back to him.”

The amount a person can donate to a municipal court candidate during a primary election is $600. But Baldwin points out that immediate family members are exempt from that limit.

Richard A. Dove, director of the Board of Professional Conduct of the Ohio Supreme Court, confirmed Baldwin is correct about no limit for immediate family members.

Baldwin, a Mahoning County juvenile court magistrate, will face Anthony Sertick, the city municipal court magistrate, in Tuesday’s Democratic primary with the winner moving to the November general election.

No Republican candidates filed for the position.

Monday is the deadline for independent candidates to file for the seat for the general election.

Judge Robert Milich isn’t running for re-election this year because of the state’s age limit on those holding judicial positions.

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