NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Former Councilman Thomas Scarnecchia, the Democratic nominee, was elected as the new mayor of Niles on Tuesday.
Scarnecchia is the first new mayor that the city has had in more than 20 years, after he defeated current Mayor Ralph Infante in the primaries. Infante has been in office since the early 1990s and has run unopposed in each election.
“After the campaign that we fought — and it was a hard fight — I’m very happy,” Scarnecchia said. “We got a lot of work to do in this town… We really have to start all over.”
Scarnecchia defeated write-in candidate, Barry Profato, a former councilman, with approximately 59 percent of the votes.
Scarnecchia, the Democratic nominee, has held political office or worked for the city for more than 50 years.
He 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.
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.
Scarnecchia said, as mayor, his goal is to make sure is that everything is transparent in city government.
“I want the books to be open so that people know where we are at, so they know how much we have going in and what is going on,” Scarnecchia said in an earlier interview.