Mahoning Co. Dems to hear suggestions for Gerberry’s replacement

Ron Gerberry serious. Aug. 21, 2015
State Rep Ron Gerberry pleads guilty to a misdemeanor campaign count in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Aug. 21, 2015

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras announced Tuesday that members of the party who reside within the 59th Ohio House district will meet Wednesday, September 9 to recommend a replacement for State Representative Ron Gerberry.

Gerberry was accused of sending thousands of dollars to a media consultant during the 2010 campaign and claiming the payments on his financial statements as covering advertising expenses. The consultant then refunded much of that money later on.

On Aug. 21, the Austintown Democrat agreed to be found guilty for improper compensation of a public official and officially resigned his seat as an Ohio representative.

Judge Maureen Sweeney sentenced Gerberry to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, all suspended, and three years probation.

The Democratic Party’s meeting will be held at St. Luke’s Church Hall in Boardman at 6:30 p.m.

Betras said the MCDP will submit up to three names for consideration by the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, which will vote to fill the vacancy later in September.

Anyone interested in being considered for recommendation by the Party must notify Mr. Betras by email or MCDP Executive Director Kathryn Miller or election chairman Ken Carano no later than noon on September 8.

The 59th District includes Boardman, Poland, Canfield, portions of Austintown as well as the most southern and western areas of Mahoning County.

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