Name: Paul J. Gains
City of Residence: Youngstown
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Office Desired: Mahoning County Prosecuting Attorney
Why should you be elected
I want to continue to maintain an office with a reputation for integrity and the fair prosecution of those charged with crimes.
I also want to continue to provide the excellent services to the statutory clients, who include all elected county and township officials acting in their official capacities.
Before I assumed office and took the “For Sale” sign down from the prosecutor’s office, Youngstown was experiencing an average of nearly 58 homicides per year from 1992 through 1996.
I attribute that increase was due in large part because criminals knew they could buy their way out of trouble. I ended that practice and brought integrity to the prosecutor’s office.
Top three priorities
1) My priority is to continue to effectively prosecute those accused of crimes, and to recommend incarceration for those convicted defendants who have demonstrated that they must be sent to prison, and to help those who have expressed a desire to help themselves with participation in the Drug Court and Mental Health Court.
2) Another priority is to continue to pursue federal and state grants, which have diminished in recent years. I intend to again encourage the courts to implement a Pre-Trial Services Division of the Common Pleas Court, whose personnel would interview those awaiting trial to assist the Court in determining if pre-trial release is warranted for certain defendants in order to reduce the inmate population in the county jail. The federal government has utilized Pre-Trial Services successfully, which provides the court with much more information regarding a pre-trial detainee than information provided by a defense attorney and the police, which is the current practice.
3) I also intend to continue to provide civil representation to all 14 townships, as well as county boards, thereby saving hundreds of thousands of tax dollars.
1997 to present: Mahoning county Prosecuting Attorney
1982 – 1996 Private law practice
1973 – 1982 Patrolman – Youngstown Police Department
Received four meritorious service commendations
Received the firefighter’s lifesaving award
1969 – 1973 Steelworker – United States Steel Corp.
1978 – 1982 Juris Doctorate Akron University School of Law
1969 – 1976 BS – Law Enforcement Administration
1965 – 1969 Graduate Ursuline High School
1978 served as president at the Youngstown Fraternal Order of Police lodge 28
1992 named Mahoning county Lawyer of the Year with attorney Mary Jane Stephens for our efforts in freeing a wrongly convicted man