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Stunning loss for Ludt

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published March 15, 2010

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Mahoning County Commissioner David Ludt has suffered a major setback in his attempt for a fourth four-year term. But it isn't all his fault. He should be more careful about the political friends — and those perceived to be friends — he keeps.

On Thursday, Ludt was trounced in his bid for the county Democratic Party's endorsement by Youngstown Councilwoman Carol Rimedio-Righetti. The 140-62 vote reflected the party faithful's disenchantment with Ludt for taking his time in getting into the race. And, the speech Rimedio-Righetti gave certainly impressed them more than what Ludt had to say.

Finally, members of the Democratic Party's central and executive committee appeared to be punishing Ludt for his close association with George Tablack, the county administrator, and for the support he supposedly is getting from the Hanni faction.

Mark Hanni, son of the late Don L. Hanni Jr., long-time party boss, has filed a slate of candidates for precinct committee, many of them challenging incumbents. That has triggered widespread anger, as evidenced by Ludt's stunning defeat.

The winner on Thursday besides Rimedio-Righetti was Chairman David Betras, who presided over a successful endorsement meeting, the first in many years. Betras took over the chairmanship last year and has breathe new life into it.

The Mahoning County Democratic Party has once again become a player statewide, with Democratic officeholders and candidates regulary visiting the predominantly Democratic Mahoning Valley.

Hanni's bid to take over the party will fail. Commissioner Ludt's inability to secure the endorsement is a preview of the party's reorganization meeting that will be held after the May primary.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Ludt's loss for the endorsement wasn't stunning at all. Most of the committeepeople are not Ludt lackeys and were recruited by people other than Ludt. So why is it a surprise they supported someone other than Ludt?

I will not pretend to know how the primary will turn out, but this article is an attempt to "make' news rather than report it. If accuracy were important, there would have been mention of who recruited the people who are committeepeople.

I do agree that Tablack has certainly alienated lots of people though, and he is a negative for Ludt.

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2lovinthepolitics(3 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Let the political season begin! I So much enjoy it when the vindicator attacks Hanni, and he responds by going on the radio and talks about Bertram de Souza's many DUI arrests,or How Betty Jagnow REALLY made it to the top of the vindicator. I hope both sides keep this up. Politics stink but the entertainment is worth it!

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3ipaidattention(68 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

This is disgusting, Ludt is not put up by Hanni, we haven't heard from Hanni in forever and all of a sudden we have a new face in the race, if anything righetti is put up by Hanni. It also doesnt surprise me that we're hearign a lot of associations between carol and the cafaro's. thats all they need is to elect two cafaro cronies into the commissioners office. I'll vote for Ludt for another term, he certainly isn't a new face to match Hanni's, he's been around and is staying around.

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4Millie(192 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

20 plus years ago it was Hanni who helped Joe Betras get elected; Chairman Dave Betras represented Hanni at the Board of Elections. What happened Dave that caused you to have the biggest ego in the Valley? Did Leo Jennings teach you the tricks of the trade while you were deep into the Marc Dann era?

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5HereToServe(39 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Carol will be Ludt in the Primary by a large margin
the people of this valley are sick of Ludt and his do nothing politics
He only does what Tablack tells him to do
Ludt needs to and will go , Nuff Said

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6BAZ82(5 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Bye Bye Ludt-- Mark Hanni was your downfall...All you did was get imbeciles like his hypnotist son jobs with the county. SHAME ON YOU for hiring functional morons!!!


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