A new Mahoning County juvenile court magistrate is running for Youngstown judge

By David Skolnick



A former Mahoning County assistant prosecutor who’s served as a county juvenile-court magistrate for just a few days is running for the open Youngstown Municipal Court judicial seat.

Carla Baldwin will officially announce her candidacy for the city court seat Wednesday, according to an email sent by Jaladah Aslam, her campaign manager.

Also running for the position is Anthony Sertick Jr., the city court magistrate.

Both will file for the Democratic primary.

Feb. 1 is the filing deadline for the May 2 primary.

Last Thursday, Baldwin started a new job as a juvenile-court magistrate, succeeding Anthony D’Apolito, who began a six-year term a few days earlier as a county common pleas court judge.

Before her appointment to magistrate, Baldwin was an assistant county prosecutor who worked at the juvenile court.

Also, Harry Turner said he will run in the Democratic primary for Youngstown mayor.

Turner, a failed 2015 independent candidate for 5th Ward council, said he doesn’t plan to seek the county Democratic Party endorsement.

“I understand that my getting elected in this process might be a long shot, but I’m going to grind this out. I have been largely disappointed by city politics in the past and the lack of true progress,” Turner wrote in an email to The Vindicator.

Turner said his priorities, if elected, include eliminating the disbursement of tax money to businesses with no expectation of paying it back and supporting the annexation of Austintown land on Meridian Road to be used for retail and industrial use.

Turner said separate from his mayoral campaign, he plans to collect the signatures needed to put an initiative on the November ballot to reduce the city’s income tax from 2.75 percent to 2.3 percent.

Mayor John A. McNally, a Democrat, already has filed petitions for re-election, while former Council President Jamael Tito Brown is “strongly considering” a mayoral bid in the Democratic primary.

Former Councilwoman Janet Tarpley of the 6th Ward, a Democrat, also is looking at running for mayor. It isn’t known if she’ll run in the primary or seek the position as an independent in the November general election.

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