YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Longtime Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Righetti may have retained her seat, according to unofficial voting returns.
It’s a very close race separated by just 204 votes, however, and there are provisional ballots yet to be counted.
She was challenged by Geno DiFabio, a truck driver who gained prominence locally after he was called on stage to speak by former President Donald Trump at a local rally in 2017
It would be Righetti’s fourth term in office. She has worked in the county since graduating high school and says she’s dedicated to its residents.
Righetti said she was unhappy with some of what was said during the campaign.
“I’m not one for Facebook and all this propaganda-mongering, which is what this campaign has been about. I’m based on truth, what’s really going on in the Commissioner’s Office, what we’re all about and what our office stands for. We have a great track record in Mahoning County,” Righetti said.
Mahoning County Board of Elections Director Tom McCabe said that there are 1,300 provisional ballots to count in Mahoning County. Those would need to be certified and counted as well as about 1,000 late-arriving absentee ballots that would need to have been postmarked by 7 p.m. Monday night to get counted.
The approximate 30 precincts that came in for DeFabio were from the western and southern parts of the county.
WKBN will be updating you with the latest election results. You can see all of the latest results from other races as well on our website.
Gerry Riccuitti contributed to this report.