Munroe Retiring from Mahoning County Board of Elections

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After 30 years on the Mahoning County Board of Elections, board chairman Mark Munroe announced that he will retire at the end of the month.

Munroe’s retirement, effective Sept. 30, was made official at Tuesday’s meeting of the board of elections.

“I have seen many changes over the past three decades, including new voting systems, changes in election law, a reduction in precincts, early and no-fault absentee voting and much more,” he said in a statement. “There have been hearings, protests, challenges and lawsuits, but at the heart of it all was the board of elections working to run good elections that voters could have confidence in. 

“My No. 1 goal was always to conduct our business in such a way as to encourage faith and trust in the system,” he continued. “Nothing was more important.”

Munroe also served many years as chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party, succeeding the late Clarence R. Smith. He retired as GOP chairman in March 2019.

His professional career was in the communications industry. Among his employers were WYTV Channel 33, the former Image Producers video studio in Canfield and Compco Industries.

Munroe grew up in Struthers and first became involved in radio while working on the student radio station at Struthers High School. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University.

“It’s been 30 years, and this is my birthday month, so I thought it was a good time to step down,” he said of his retirement from the elections board.

Munroe said he plans to keep a busy schedule looking after a new granddaughter, nursing his 1976 MGB and tinkering with ham radio and improving his Morse code skills.

Pictured: Mark Munroe on election night 2016 at the Mahoning County GOP headquarters.

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