STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Danny Thomas, a challenger for Struthers mayor, overtook incumbent Terry Stocker Tuesday in the general election, winning 43% of the votes to Stocker’s 41%.
Four candidates were running for the spot, including Stocker, who decided he would run after the May primary.
Thomas was the endorsed Democrat in the race.
In February, Thomas addressed concerns about a previous conviction for using a telephone to distribute drugs in the late 1980s. He has since received a pardon from then-President Bill Clinton, and he said he has atoned for his mistakes.
Richard DeLuca and Richard Sheeler also ran.
Stocker said he originally planned to not run due to health issues but was later cleared to run for the city’s top job.
Vote-counting for the race took longer than normal because of all the write-in votes for Stocker, which took longer to count, according to Tom McCabe with the Mahoning County Board of Elections.