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Youngstown to see new mayor in 2018

May 4, 2017
By RENEE FOX , The Town Crier

YOUNGSTOWN - The city will have a new mayor in 2018 after a former councilman in Tuesday's Democratic primary election upset Mayor John McNally, convicted last year of federal misdemeanor crimes.

Jamael Tito Brown ousted McNally with 52 percent of the vote, according to incomplete and unofficial results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections. The former city council president lost to McNally in a 2013 primary by 142 votes, but this time, Brown pulled ahead by 461 votes. McNally took 47 percent.

Brown said trust in city hall needs to be restored.

"I will not let you down. You will have leadership with vision, honesty and integrity," Brown told Tribune Chronicle newspartner WKBN 27. "My heart is with the people of Youngstown. I have proven myself."

McNally pleaded guilty in 2016 to two counts of falsification one count of attempted unlawful use of a telecommunications device and one count of attempted unlawful influence of a public official in connection to the Oakhill Renaissance Center political corruption probe. The case was connected to his conduct when he was a Mahoning County commissioner, when he opposed the move of the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services office from the Cafaro Corp.-owned Garland Plaza location to Oakhill.

He was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay $3,500 in fines.

"I was very surprised and disappointed as well," McNally told WKBN. "I think the Oakhill issue was minimal, I don't think that had anything to do with it."

Brown said his focus as mayor will be on finding jobs.

Former Councilwoman Janet Tarpley and Sean McKinney, who resigned from his position as Youngstown's Buildings and Grounds Commissioner, are running as independent candidates for the position. No Republicans filed, but write-in candidates have until Aug. 28 to file.



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