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WRITER: David Skolnick

Manning to run for re-election; Boccieri consider challenge

BOARDMAN — State Rep. Don Manning, who narrowly won the 59th District Ohio House race last year, will run in 2020 for re-election. Which Democrat will run against the New Middletown Republican remains to be seen though John Boccieri — a former state representative, state senator and congressman — said he’d consider a challenge if no one else steps up. “We’ve been able to do some good things, but ...

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum files for final term

YOUNGSTOWN — Common Pleas Court Judge R. Scott Krichbaum, the longest-serving elected officeholder in Mahoning County, has filed for his sixth — and final — term on the bench. Krichbaum turned in nominating petitions Friday with the board of elections to run in the March 17, 2020, Republican primary. Dec. 18 is the deadline to file for the primary. “I’m truly looking forward to running,” he said. ...

Expenses for Ryan campaign detailed

WARREN — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan spent more than he raised on his presidential bid between July and October, including 88 hotel stays and a number of big payouts — including to his campaign manager. The Ryan campaign paid $46,849.45 to Michael Morley, his campaign manager, with the money going to “legal consulting and expenses,” according to the candidate’s finance report filed with the Federal Election ...

Youngstown board cancels contract vote

YOUNGSTOWN — The board of control canceled a vote on hiring a consultant to assist with its water and wastewater issues because the contract would have violated the city’s purchasing policy. The thwarted move has a councilwoman saying that all consulting contracts should first come to city council. “We couldn’t do it (Thursday) because of our purchasing policy,” said Kyle Miasek, interim finance ...

Law director: Youngstown must remove speed cameras

YOUNGSTOWN — The city doesn’t have a choice but to get rid of its speed cameras by the end of the month, said Law Director Jeff Limbian. “It will be gone, but you can expect a greater presence of police on highways,” Limbian said. “The state has backed us into a corner.” A final decision will be made shortly, but Limbian said it’s a foregone conclusion that the city will have to stop using the ...

Ryan’s campaign struggles to raise money

WARREN — The financial news for U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan on the congressional front isn’t any better than it is for his presidential campaign. Ryan, D-Howland, reported raising $42,883.03 during the third quarter — the lowest amount of any incumbent member of Congress in Ohio. It’s one of the lowest fundraising quarters his congressional campaign has had since he first ran for the position in 2002. Also, ...

Tim Ryan's presidential fundraising lags behind competitors

WARREN — Between July and September, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s presidential campaign raised $425,731.01 — less than half of what he collected in the second quarter when he was at the bottom of the money list of Democratic candidates seeking the office. Ryan, D-Howland, significantly lags behind other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in money raised overall and in the third quarter. During the third ...

Youngstown to close fire station, won't replace battalion chiefs

YOUNGSTOWN — The city fire department has announced plans to close the Madison Avenue station at the end of the year and to not replace three battalion chiefs when they retire. The latter is not only a reversal from what the fire chief announced in August — which was a reversal from a month prior when he said that he planned to reduce two battalion chiefs through attrition. “We’re not happy one ...

Youngstown judge candidates spar over politics, residency

By DAVID SKOLNICK Staff writer YOUNGSTOWN — A debate among the three candidates for Youngstown Municipal Court judge got somewhat heated over residency and political affiliation. Martin Hume said during Tuesday’s debate, sponsored by the Youngstown Press Club, that he is a proud Democrat while “both of my opponents have gone back and forth from time to time.” Hume was referring to Judge Renee M. ...

County comfortable with voting locations

YOUNGSTOWN — While Trumbull County is cutting voting locations for the Nov. 5 election, Mahoning County has no plans to do the same. That’s because the Mahoning County Board of Elections has reduced the number of voting locations by about half during the past 19 years, said Thomas McCabe, its deputy director. There were 416 precincts in 2000, compared to 212 since 2015. There are 73 voting locations, ...