Prominent local Republican files to run against Youngstown mayor

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Republican Tracey Winbush confirmed her plans to run against Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – One of the area’s most prominent female Republicans has filed to run against Democrat Tito Brown in the Youngstown mayor’s race this year.

Republican Tracey Winbush confirmed her plans to run against Brown to WKBN Tuesday morning.

She’s the host of the Tracey and Friends talk radio show and has held leadership positions within the county’s Republican Party. She has also served as treasurer for the Ohio Republican Party.

Winbush said she wants to help the city grow and attract more people.

“Youngstown has some of the most incredible foundations that we could ever ask for. We just have to bring it and cultivate it and bring it up together,” she said. “This is not about politics, this is about people. It’s not about race, this is about community. We have one thing in common, and that’s one another.”

Winbush said this is her second time running for Youngstown mayor. Her first was about 20 years ago.

“We can no longer stall. I ran 20 years ago on the same platform, vision and change. We need to be able to have our children stay here, work here, have your children close to you,” she said.

Brown, the incumbent, also filed for reelection on Tuesday. He is the first and only person to file so far for the May Democratic Primary.

“I don’t look at anyone else, I just look at what the work [is that] I have to do when I run an election. I kinda put the blinders on and I go to the finish line and I know if I get there first, I’m the winner,” he said.

Brown was elected mayor in 2017, defeating incumbent John McNally.

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