Brown raised, spent most in Youngstown mayor’s race

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, who handily won the Democratic primary for his seat, also dominated in the amount of money raised and spent for the campaign.

Brown raised $14,555 and spent $22,195 during the post-primary election reporting period, between April 15 and June 4. The primary was May 4.

First Ward Councilman Julius Oliver, who finished last in the three-man Democratic primary, raised $600 and spent $2,837 during the post-primary period.

Meanwhile, Ryan Kelly, who finished second, didn’t file a post-primary campaign finance report, according to the Mahoning County Board of Elections. The deadline was Friday. Only candidates that raised or spent more than $1,000 are required to file reports.

Brown won the Democratic primary with 57.68 percent of the vote, while Kelly received 28.29 percent and Oliver 14.03 percent.

The Youngstown-Warren Black Caucus on April 22 gave $2,000 to Brown, who is running for a second four-year term, the largest contribution he received during the post-primary period.

City employees gave $490 in total to Brown during the post-primary period including $250 from Kevin Flinn, buildings and grounds superintendent, and $100 from Michael Durkin, code enforcement and blight remediation superintendent.

Anita Davis, D-6th Ward, was the only city council member to contribute to his campaign during the period, giving $50.

Brown’s biggest expenses were $5,006 to 2 Ticks and The Dog Productions of Warren for commercials, $2,685 to City Printing of Youngstown for campaign mail and $2,576 for an April 27 fundraising event at Gringo’s Taco, Tequila and Mezcal Bar in downtown Youngstown.

Oliver’s biggest expense in the reporting period was $1,615 to the Youngstown Letter Shop for campaign literature.

Between Jan. 1 and June 4, Brown’s campaign raised $69,030 and spent $68,084, compared to $7,502 raised and $5,967 spent for Oliver.

During the pre-primary period, between Jan. 1 and April 14, Kelly raised $19,887 — $10,000 from a loan he gave the campaign, and spent $20,209.

In the November general election, Brown will face Republican Tracey Winbush. She did not face a primary opponent. The board of elections has not certified the candidacies of two independents who filed to run in the race, Richard V. Hill and John White. July 15 is the state deadline to certify the petitions.


Tom Hetrick, who won the write-in Democratic primary for Youngstown council president, spent and raised the most among the candidates seeking the party’s nomination.

During the post-primary period, Hetrick received $1,540, with $1,000 of it coming from Randy Younkin of Youngstown, and spent $2,564, with virtually all of it — $2,554 — going to City Printing for campaign literature.

Hetrick received 52.93 percent of the vote, compared to 43.36 percent for incumbent DeMaine Kitchen and 3.71 percent for Lee David Pupio.

In the post-primary period, Hetrick received $431 in in-kind contributions from Councilman Mike Ray, D-4th Ward, and his campaign committee. Ray lost a four-man Democratic primary for council president to Kitchen four years ago.

Kitchen didn’t file any campaign reports for this council president’s race.

Overall for the campaign, Hetrick received $3,975 in contributions and spent $3,155.

Pupio didn’t raise any money in the pre-primary period. During the post-primary period, he received $1,603 in contributions and spent that exact amount.

His largest expense was paying $989 of a $1,000 loan he gave his campaign. He loaned the money to his campaign on March 5 and paid nearly all of it back June 9 and forgave the remaining $10.91.

The board of elections hasn’t yet certified the candidacies of two independents who filed for council president, Donald P. Scott and Erwin Adams.



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