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David slays the “Faux” Goliath

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published May 8, 2010

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For weeks, David Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party, conducted the election contest for precinct committee seats as a “David vs. Goliath” event. After all, the Hanni name is well known in local and state Democratic politics, thanks to the late Don l. Hanni Jr., who served for many years as party chairman.

But when the votes were counted Tuesday night, it turned out that Mark Hanni, a son of the late chairman, was nothing more than a “Faux” Goliath. Not only did his slate of precinct committee candidates fail to offer a serious challenge to the Betras candidates, but Hanni himself was unable to win in his own precinct.

In Canfield Township Precinct 7, the victor was Thomas D. Orsini with 49 votes. Orsini is a Betras supporter. Hanni received 38 votes, while Alan Kretzer, who once served as party parliamentarian under Don Hanni, garnered 34 votes.

Talk about a political slingshot between the eyes.

Meanwhile, another Hanni sibling, Don L. III, was roundly defeated in his bid to wrest the Democratic Party nomination away from state Rep. Robert Hagan.

As for Betras, he won his precinct in grand style: 140 votes to 58 for Lindsay Bozanich.

Overall, the precinct committee vote count shows that Betras is well positioned to win a full term as chairman when the party reorganization meeting takes place. And that’s good news for politics in this predominantly Democratic region. In the months he has been at the helm, he has proved to be a dedicated, hardworking chairman who is determined to change the negative perceptions people around the state have about politics in the Valley.

The Hannis are a reminder of a past that is better left buried.



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11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

"In the months he has been at the helm, he has proved to be a dedicated, hardworking chairman who is determined to change the negative perceptions people around the state have about politics in the Valley."

He was Marc Dann's campaign manager.

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

What Betras did this past election was cement his posistion as the county's kingmaker.

His first show of strength will be the slate he offers up at the reorganizational meeting. Will it be the same cast of characters who were bumps on the log under Morley, Ditzler and Antonini or will it be a group of new people dedicated to real reform?

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3burford(95 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I agree with 1970mach1.Bertram and the newspaper promote Betras but he was in the middle of the Dann scandal.The Ohio Inspector General in the Dann investigation report said that on December 22, 2006 a $6,000 check was written to Feisty Dishes and signed by David Betras, the Treasurer for the transition account.The OIG found that acts of wrongdoing occurred.The Democratic Party has a guy who was in the middle of the Dann case representing the valley Democrats. And why hasn't he been charged like Lenhof, Jennings and Gutierrez?

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4EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

The Cafaro crime family is going to get the publicity it deserves as a result of Traficant's run for Congress.

The government's "star witness" against Traficant -- Mr. Ethics J.J. Cafaro -- will begin to look better as he begins to lose weight after he is sent to prison in June.

http://www.rightohio.com/wp-content/u...

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5author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

David Betras is on his way to becoming the Chairman of the Ohio State Democratic Party with the fine work he has done locally.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

"He was Marc Dann's campaign manager."

David Betras should find more people like Marc Dann to keep The Valley in the news . When your own wife will not tolerate your behavior or support you Dave will . Right Marc ? And this is good news for politics in this predominantly Democratic region ?

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7walter_sobchak(1831 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Stan,

OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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