NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – For the first time in 16 years, the mayor of Niles will face an opponent.
Democrat and former Niles Councilman-at-Large Thomas Scarnecchia announced his candidacy on Thursday. Scarnecchia said he is running to restore accountability and credibility to Niles city government.
Scarnecchia is challenging Mayor Ralph Infante, who oversaw a turbulent year in the city, in which financial problems were revealed by a state audit, as well as a scandal involving the alleged theft of money by former and current employees in the city’s treasurers office.
Scarnecchia continues to serve on the Trumbull County Mental Health Board and is a member of the Niles Historical Society.
He was the youngest director of public safety ever to serve in Niles, a post he held for four years. He went on to serve for 15 years as a councilman-at-large.
A graduate of Niles McKinley High School, Scarnecchia was inducted into the Niles McKinley Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011. He also studied accounting and business at Youngstown State University.