YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Until Monday, the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary race for the Mahoning County Probate Judge seat would have been the new judge in February since there are no Republican candidates.
But the winner of Tuesday’s primary, Susan Maruca, now will face a challenge in November by non-party candidates Robert Rusu and Mary Ann Fabrizi. Maruca and Christopher Sammarone were looking to replace Mark Belinky, who resigned earlier this year amid a corruption probe.
Maruca was endorsed by the Mahoning County Democratic Party in a contentious race that saw Sammarone accused of using misleading campaign ads.
According to complete but unofficial results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections, Maruca had a slim margin of victory of 223 votes. Provisional ballots still need counted, so official results will not be available for 10 days.
Voters in Trumbull County also were asked to choose a new Probate Court judge in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. The candidates were looking to replace Trumbull County Probate Court Judge Thomas Swift, who cannot seek re-election this year because of the state’s age limit law.
The candidates are William Flevares, James Fredericka and Patricia Knepp, all of Warren. According to incomplete and unofficial results, Fredericka is winning with 52 percent of the vote, Knepp has 39 percent and Flevares has 9 percent.
Anthony Donofrio defeated David Engler by a margin of 68% to 32% for the Democratic nomination for the 7th District Court of Appeals after Judge Joseph Vukovich opted not to run for a fourth six-year term. The 7th District is comprised of eight counties, including Mahoning County.
Keep checking WKBN.com and watch WKBN First News at 11 for updated election results.
Election results are unofficial