Candidates address Chamber

Demaine Kitchen and John McNally

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two candidates vying for Youngstown mayor spoke to the Regional Chamber’s Government Affairs Council Wednesday morning.

Democrat John McNally and Independent DeMaine Kitchen laid out their potential plans for the city. Council members asked the candidates questions, including what they plan to do on day one if elected. Both said the city school district is the number one priority.

“We don’t have a whole lot of time to turn this ship around, known as the city school district,” said Kitchen. “I plan on jumping two feet in with my commission on education.”

McNally said first on his list will be to place a call to Ohio Governor John Kasich and Youngstown City Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn as well as other school leaders.

“Phone calls to the principals at Ursuline, Mooney and Youngstown Christian School to talk about the state of education here in the city of Youngstown,” said McNally.

The Youngstown mayoral candidates will participate in a debate Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Davis Center at Mill Creek Park. The forum is hosted by Youngstown’s 7th Ward Citizen Coalition.

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