The Community Mobilization Coalition held a candidate forum Monday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown.
The Democratic race for Youngstown Municipal Judge is drawing considerable interest between current city law director Jeff Limbian and former law director Marty Hume.
“I am very proud of the fact that I have had, for many years, the opportunity to stand next to young men and young women,” said Jeff Limbian.
“We’re focusing on crime prevention through education, treatment and rehabilitation,” said Marty Hume.
In the races for Youngstown City Council — councilman Mike Ray of the fourth ward, councilwoman Anita Davis of the sixth ward and councilwoman Basia Adamczak of the seventh ward are running unopposed.
Current first ward councilman Julius Oliver spoke on the importance of keeping personal relationships with the people of his ward.
“Each one of my neighborhood organizations know that when I come to them, I talk to them clear and concise, it aint no politics. We sit in there, we talk about the real deal,” Oliver said.
His opponent, Bryant Youngblood, says he plans to keep the residents informed and communicate with them.
“The city councilman has to be accessible and always approachable. He has to be there to talk to the regular people, inform the regular people,” Youngblood said.
Running for second ward council is Ra’Cole Taltoan and former Youngstown police chief Jimmy Hughes, who both said the city’s east side needs to see redevelopment.
Samantha Turner, Denice Necie Neil Davis and Darion Rushton are running for the city’s third ward council position.
They all agreed that Mercy Health and Youngstown State University should be more involved in community discussions when it comes to obtaining properties on the north side.
“I’m going to make sure that you come to the people that are going to be directly affected by anything you do in our ward,” Davis said.
“How do we grow together? How do we move forward together? What can you give, what can I give?,” Turner said.
“You have to be able to sit at the table. Can we sit at the table for the community that I’m in, for my community,” Rushton said.
Lauren McNally is running to keep her position as the fifth ward councilwoman, her opponent was not present during the forum.
Primary election day in Ohio is Tuesday May 7. Another candidate forum is scheduled to be held on April 22, at Union Baptist Church.