Saturday, July 8, 2017
By BILLY LUDT
Don Dragish Jr., president of Canfield City Council, announced he will run for mayor.
Dragish was elected president of council in 2015, and if successful, will take the position from Mayor Bernard Kosar Sr., who will not seek re-election.
In addition to Kosar’s decision to leave, and the retirement of City Manager Joe Warino, each of the council members are required to seek re-election for their positions.
A charter amendment passed in 2013 limits council members elected after 2013 to terms of two years, and a maximum of three consecutive terms.
Dragish said he wants to ensure in the unlikely event that most of the lawmakers are replaced, the city doesn’t lose the momentum it has developed.
He pointed to the successful Joint Economic Development District the city formed with Canfield Township to bring the Windsor House assisted living home to the area as a major success for the city’s current administration.
Dragish also cited the annexation of township land for the purpose of developing Red Gate Farm among the city’s accomplishments during his time as council president.
Though he hopes to participate in Canfield’s future as its mayor, Dragish said he and the council are making a long-term plan for the city.
“We want to put a road map for the city that will outlast us if we aren’t here,” Dragish said.
Dragish said he wants to bring more white-collar and technology companies to Canfield to create jobs that will keep young residents in the city.
Dragish moved to Canfield from Youngstown about six years ago after he and his wife, Tasha, had their first child.
He said Canfield is already a great city to live in and raise a family, but he wants to make it better.
“I wasn’t born in Canfield, but I came here for a reason,” Dragish said.
His foray into city politics began after taking a position as the public relations chair for Canfield Rotary. Fellow Rotarians encouraged him to run for city council, advice he eventually took.
Dragish graduated from Ursuline High School in 1991 and studied marketing and advertising at Youngstown State University. He works as a marketing consultant.
He will run against Richard Duffett, who announced his candidacy earlier this week.