Voters in Warren have chosen Jim Graham over Bob Dean in the race for Warren Council President.
Complete but unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections show Graham with a victory over Dean, 56 percent to 44 percent.
Graham said he looks forward to working closely with Mayor Doug Franklin to get the city headed in the right direction.
“We had a lot of good people working with us and working for us, a lot of council members,” said Graham. “That’s how you start, a team effort. That’s what we did in Lordstown. That’s why we were so successful in Lordstown because everybody came together and that’s what we had here.”
Graham said previously that his 44 years with General Motors and 15 years as president of United Auto Workers Local 1112 would allow him to act as a conduit between the mayor and council.
Dean has come under fire in recent weeks over the distribution of funds collected for the victims of a fatal crash in Warren. Dean distributed the money to the families to pay for funeral expenses and at the advice of state officials, put additional money that was collected in a fund for future disbursements to charitable causes. He said losing to Graham won’t change his charitable nature.
“Who else can give 3,000 coats away at one drive or who else can give 30 tons of items up to the veterans in the summer? Not a lot of people can do that,” said Dean. “When you’re blessed enough to do it, then you’ve got to. One election won’t make a difference as to what you do in your life. You just keep on moving ahead.”
Two Warren City Council seats were also up for grabs for the Democratic nomination. Larry Larson won Warren’s 1st Ward with 66 percent of the vote against challengers Clyde Wilson and Felicia Davis.
In the 6th Ward, Cheryl Saffold beat out Erica Royster, 51 percent to 49 percent.