Mahoning sheriff switches parties, files as a Republican

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene, a longtime Democrat, is switching parties and filed for reelection as a Republican.

“I feel my opinions more align with the Republican Party on a national and state level,” said Greene of Boardman, who successfully ran three times as a Democrat. “I have no ill will on a local level with the party. I still have many friends there. I don’t have any contempt for the party locally. They’ve been good to me.”

Greene was first elected sheriff in 2012 to succeed Democrat Randall Wellington, who held the job for 13 years. Ray T. Davis in 1976 was the last Republican to serve as Mahoning County sheriff.

Despite being a Democrat and consistently voting in that party’s primaries, Greene has enjoyed a good relationship with the county Republican Party. The party has been a sponsor at his golf fundraising outings and Greene attends Republican dinners as well as Democratic events.

“It was time for me to make a switch because of my beliefs,” Greene said. “On a national level, the conservative movement of the Republican Party supports law enforcement a lot more than the left. That’s something that has bothered me for a long time on a national level.”

Greene said there were other issues he has with state and national Democrats, but didn’t want to discuss “all the reasons I switched. It’s a personal decision I made. I discussed it with my family. I have no problem with the local party here. They’ve been very supportive of me.”

Wednesday is the filing deadline for candidates running in the March 19, 2024, primary to file nominating petitions.

The county Democratic Party isn’t seeking a candidate to challenge Greene, but if one files, it will support that person, said Chairman Chris Anderson.

For the complete story, please pick up a copy of Tuesday’s edition of The Vindicator.


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