YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County voters re-elected Democrat incumbent Dan Yemma to serve as county treasurer.
He defeated opponent Christine Lucarell Oliver with nearly 62 percent of the vote.
Yemma has worked in the office since 2007 and served as treasurer since 2011.
His priorities are to effectively manage and safeguard tax dollars as prescribed by the Ohio Revised Code, increase tax collections and reduce tax delinquencies, and return blighted properties to productive use through the County LandBank.
The race has been heated, with mudslinging from both sides.
The Republican Party accused Yemma of sending “inappropriate” emails on county computers dating back to 2007 and 2008. Some of the emails are sexually charged.
Republicans also referenced a complaint filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Yemma. It was filed in 2015, alleging sexual discrimination, the party says.
At a candidate forum in Youngstown last month, Yemma went on the offensive.
“I’ve not mentioned my opponent’s bankruptcies, that’s plural, or the times she’s been foreclosed upon, also plural.” he said.
Lucarell Oliver made other claims against Yemma during the campaign, saying some checks were never cashed. She also brought up the recent conviction of a treasurer’s office employee.
Editor’s Note 11/10/16: Because transparency is important to WKBN, viewers should know that the documents, which Christine Lucarell Oliver and the Republican Party claim are Dan Yemma’s emails, have been removed from this story.
An attorney representing Yemma threatened legal action against WKBN if they were not removed.