Mahoning Dems to hear candidates for Gerberry’s seat

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Those wanting to take over Ron Gerberry’s seat in the Ohio House will attend a meeting of the new Democratic Club Tuesday at 6:30 at Los Gallos in Boardman.

Gerberry pleaded guilty to campaign finance irregularities in August.

Prosecutors accused Gerberry 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.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chair Dave Betras said he will submit up to three names for consideration by the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, which will vote to fill the vacancy later in September.

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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