Mahoning Co. democrat and republican parties re-elect chairs

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — The chairs of the Mahoning County Republican and Democratic Parties are keeping their seats.

Precinct committee members on both tickets voted Saturday morning.

On the democratic side– it took three votes to declare a winner in one race.

Breakfast with a big helping of politics was the first order of business as candidates addressed the group.

Rick Berger, Socrates Kolitsos and incumbent Dave Betras all made their pitches.

“We need to end the division within our party, we need change,” said Socrates Kolitos.

“All I can promise you is that I will never lie to you. I’ll never be a hypocrite,” said Rick Berger, also running for party chair.

Dave Betras got the nod with 70 percent of the votes.

“We are going to unite this party. We have serious business to do. We have a governor to elect, we have a whole statewide ticket to elect,” said Betras.

It took three votes to get a majority for executive vice chair– Ron Massullo now has the title.

Attorney David Engler wanted the spot. In his pitch he flat out said if anyone on the stage is involved in an investigation he or she needs to get off the ticket.

“This party does not need any additional embarrassment. If someone is caught up in either Judge Belinky or the Oak Hill matter, it does not need it,” said Engler.

“No one up here has a tax lien, no one up here has any criminal problems no one up here is under any criminal investigation,” said David Betras.

Over at republican headquarters, Tracey Winbush was named the party’s new vice chair.

None of the races were contested, so republicans spent the morning focused on the future of politics in Mahoning County.

“We really expressed a lot of frustration about why don’t the voter give republicans more of a chance? We’ve got great republican candidates running this year,” said Mark Munroe, Republican Party chair.

The party chair encourages voters to look beyond the party label on Election Day and pay attention to the candidates.

“A good healthy political environment is conducive to strong economic development and community growth that’s what this valley needs,” said Munroe.

The November general election is a little less than five months away.

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