YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Republican Party has had trouble over the years finding candidates to run for office in Mahoning County. An effort was being made Monday evening to change that.
A petition signing party was held at the Mahoning County’s Republican headquarters. Registered Republicans could come in and sign the nominating petitions for the nine GOP candidates planning to run in the March primary election. The goal is to get 100 signatures on each petition.
“Typically, we need 50, but the rule of thumb when getting signatures on petitions is to get double, because when they are checked at the Board of Elections, there is often problems to be found with signatures. People not registered to vote at the residence they signed for, or their registration lapsed, so we try to get double,” said Jim Shaw, of the Ohio Young Republicans.
Right now, the Mahoning County Republican Party has candidates for six county offices — Coroner, Clerk of Courts, Recorder, Treasurer and the two Commissioner seats. There are also three Republicans seeking two state House seats.