YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A recount in the close Mahoning County Commissioners race has confirmed the winner.
Incumbent Carol Righetti won by 130 votes.
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.
After recounting nearly 87,000 votes cast — including thousands by hand — Righetti collected 42,563 votes, winning by one of the narrowest margins in county history.
It ends up being the second-closest countywide race in Mahoning County history. The first close race was the Common Pleas Judge race in 1992 between R. Scott Krichbaum and Beth Smith, who had a difference of 121 votes between them.
Righetti ties the outcome of her race to what some have suggested was a “red wave” of sorts across the state.
“It’s just the climate that we’re in right now, and people just voted down the ticket. I mean, and you know you can’t do anything about that,” she said.
DiFabio, who has never run before, called it a learning experience, insisting that he will run again for commissioner in two years.
“If I walked away, I lose. If I build on what I have, I’m gonna win,” he said.
In the meantime, Righetti wants to focus on adding more services to the Mahoning Valley Campus of Care, which has been a crucial project of hers.
“We have one more building, and with our fingers crossed, that may be a building that will soon be occupied,” she said.
This will be Righetti’s fourth term in office. That new term officially begins in January.