YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Mayor Jamael Tito Brown cruised to a victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, setting up a bid in November to win his second term.
Unofficial results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections have Brown garnering 57.41 percent of the vote.
Coming in second was political newcomer Ryan Kelly with 28.59 percent of the bite, and First Ward Councilman Julius Oliver, who won 14.01 percent of the vote.
“No real secret. We talked to the voters about where we were when we became mayor. What we had to do while being mayor, and then we talked about our vision of the future. I think if you look at the people that stood with me, my family, my friends, that’s the only secret I know, and that’s the only secret I continue working with,” Brown said.
Brown will face Republican Tracey Winbush and three independents in the general election in November. Winbush ran unopposed in the Republican Party primary.
“We have a team that is already together. We have a message. We have a mission. We know what we want to do. We’ve shared that with the voters. What I’d love to have is those who ran against me in the primary to come along beside me. I’d love to sit down and talk with them and see what they have to say. I’d love to have them come on and be a part of the team,” Brown said.
Brown said he will take a little break after the primary and move forward with his plan.
With 61 precincts reporting in the county, voter turnout was just 13.04 percent.
The only other opposed in the county was a Struthers at-large council race and two levies, one in Struthers and one in Sebring.
Board of Elections Chairman Tom McCabe said Tuesday’s election was virtually problem-free.
“I never even left the office,” he said.
Oliver was expected to give Brown serious competition, yet he only managed 781 votes. Kelly had 1,549 votes and Brown had 3,201 votes.