Youngstown Municipal Court Judge candidates clash ahead of primary election

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – One race for judge in Youngstown has drawn a little more interest and controversy than others this primary season.

Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Marty Hume pointed to current City Law Director Jeff Limbian’s past issues with back taxes and unpaid parking tickets during television advertisements. 

“I’ve said from the very beginning that a lack of responsibility is a legitimate campaign issue,” Hume said.

“Politics in the city of Youngstown can still be a bloodsport, and Mr. Hume should be ashamed of himself,” said Limbian.

Both Limbian and Hume have run unsuccessfully for judge positions in the past. They are now challenging each other to win their party’s nomination and face incumbent Republican Municipal Judge Renee DiSalvo in November. 

“I think this is my time to be successful in having a court that can be responsive to the people of the city of Youngstown,” Limbian said.

Humes argues that he has more experience.

“I think if you want somebody that has 36-years experience in the law, you want somebody that has 18-years experience as a prosecutor,” Hume said.

Limbian said his financial problems began years ago with high college tuition debt, which he admits ultimately led to a bankruptcy filing. However, he insists that his bills have now been paid.

Hume argued that it is a responsibility issue.

“If you can’t meet your own obligations, why should you be promoted to be a municipal court judge?” Hume said.

Limbian said he worked hard to change that.

“I learned a lot from that process and how a lot of people can get behind the eight ball pretty easily,” Limbian said. 

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