John McNally IV (Democrat)

Running for
ResidenceYoungstown, OH
EducationYoungstown Ursuline 1987; Georgetown University, BSFS, 1991; Cleveland-Marhsall College of Law and Levin College of Urban Affairs, JD/MPA, 1996
EmployerRoth Blair Roberts Strasfeld & Lodge
FamilyVirginia McNally -- wife; Cara and Casey -- daughters
Family in office?None
Reasons for runningThought about running for Mayor in 2004, but decided to run for County Commissioner instead. Remained a Youngstown resident while County Commissioner in order to serve City residents as Commissioner. Believe my 7 years of employment in City Law Department and 8 years as a County-elected official have provided me the skills, knowledge, background and temperment to serve as the City's next Mayor.
Priorities In no particular order:

1. creation of an aggressive, targeted neighborhood demoliton program for each ward
2. expand mental/health substance abuse treatment services to reduce pressures on the criminal justice system
3. create an umbrella organization to oversee a re-entry program for veterans and ex-offenders in need of employment
4. create a Mayor's Business Roundtable to improve dialogue between City business leaders and City government
5. task the City Economic Development staff to begin focused efforts to reachout to small business owners on the City's main roadways and work with City Council to establish Business Improvement Districts
6. Promote the "Power of the Arts" to increase downtown economic development and icnrease downtown visitors
7. Promote "5 Minutes with the Mayor" where City residents can monthly meet the Mayor to voice their concerns, and voice ideas for improving City services.
8. Create a "YoungSTAT" Program to provide viewable performance measures for City service delivery
9. End litigation between the City and Youngstown Municipal Court concerinig the location of the municipal courts, put the Court in a new home and then re-lcoate the Planning/Community Development/Economic Development staff back into City Hall.
10. Conduct a review of all City-owned real estate
11. Seek Council approval to create position of Chief Information Officer to oversee technology upgrades, formation of one IT staff for City and the Courts and development of increased social media presence for City Hall/departments including use of smartphone applications for City payments and services
12. Continue development of City CIRV program
13. Begin preparation for State takeover of the Youngstown City School District
Qualifications15 years as a City resident, 7 years as Assistant Law Director and Law Director dealing with then Mayor McKelvey and City Council on a variety of issues including Human Resources, labor negotiations, employee discipline and counseling, legislative drafting, matters related to the development and construction of the Covelli Centre, City water and sewer issues. As County Commissioner, appointed and hired City residents to County boards to ensure diverse representation of City viewpoints, successfully put forth argumetns to encourage the passage of much Coutny sales-tax on two separate occasions, gained additional funding for City demolition initiatives, helped push for creation of Mahoning County Land Bank, endorsed efforts to rid City of property tax to support WRTA operations, which led to Coutny funding and increased ridership throughout the County.
Offices Sought Mahoning County Commissioner, 2004 and 2008 elections
Offices Held Mahoning County Commissioner, 2005-2012