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Former Youngstown police chief Jimmy Hughes on Monday filed petitions to run in the November general election for Youngstown mayor.
Hughes officially filed petitions to run as an Independent candidate for the position. He originally filed to run in Tuesday’s primary for the Democratic nomination but withdrew about a week later because he was upset with how the party leaders handled his unsuccessful primary run last year for county sheriff.
Hughes spent 34 years with the police department and retired as chief in August 2011. He said he’s still interested in doing more for the community. He will face the nominee for Tuesday’s democratic primary, the winner of the Green Party primary and two other non-party candidates in November.
“I do believe that as a party, we should try to select the best candidate among the Democrats to run, not who vet them the most or made the most calls or sent the most post cards or whatever may be the case,” Hughes said.