Brown, City’s Next Mayor, Beats McKinney by 162 Votes
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Jamael “Tito” Brown is the city’s next mayor, per unofficial results reported by the Mahoning County Board of Elections last night.
Brown, who defeated incumbent Mayor John McNally in the May Democratic primary, narrowly won over Sean McKinney, the city’s former building and grounds commissioner who ran as an independent. Brown received 5,216 votes in yesterday’s general election, or 47.1% of the ballots cast in the race, compared with 5,054 for McKinney, with 45.6% of the vote.
Brown, director of operations for the Mahoning County Treasurer’s Office, is a former president of Youngstown City Council and previously served as the city’s 3rd Ward councilman.
“It has been a long road. It has been a sacrifice for my family but it’s been worth it. Youngstown is worth it,” he told WKBN last night during his victory party at the MVR.
He also pledged to be “the mayor for everyone” and to “work to unify the city.”
Another independent candidate, former councilwoman Janet Tarpley received 707 votes, or 6% of the vote. A third independent candidate, Cecil Monroe, received just 57 votes. City voters cast another 45 votes for write-in candidates.
In Trumbull County, the race of Niles municipal judge held the most interest. Chris Shaker, with 53.5% of the vote, defeated Kara A. Stanford.
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