Chief of Staff Entering Mayor’s Race

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The list of candidates trying to get on the general election ballot for Youngstown Mayor this fall is growing rapidly.

DeMaine Kitchen, who works as Youngstown Mayor Chuck Sammarone’s  chief of staff, filed his petitions Friday to run in November as a non-party candidate, bypassing the May primary.

Sammarone decided to step down as mayor and will try to reclaim his seat as City Council President in the November election.

Kitchen credits his current boss, as well as former Mayor Jay Williams, with helping turn the city around.

“I’m proud today that during the past eight years, I’ve not just witnessed this, but I’ve had hands-on involvement in helping to bring about this change,” said Kitchen. “I’ve done this as a member of City Council under Jay Williams and currently serve as chief of staff under Mayor Chuck Sammarone.”

Along with the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Kitchen will face non-party candidates Frank Belamy and John Crea, who filed earlier this week. In Tuesday’s race, former Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally, current City Council President Jamael Tito Brown and Rev. Matthew Smith will face off for the nomination.

Former Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said he plans to file his own petitions for mayor on Monday, just ahead of the deadline for ‘non-party’ candidates.

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