Youngstown Municipal Court judge candidates try to appeal to voters at forum

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Primary Election Day is a week from Tuesday. It’s an off-year election — there are no federal or statewide races — but there are several local races generating some interest.

One is the Democratic race for Youngstown Municipal Court. On Monday night, the two candidates, Youngstown Law Director Jeff Limbian and Assistant County Prosecutor Marty Hume, squared off in a debate.

It was spirited, with topics ranging from human trafficking, temperament, parking tickets and a need for growing government in Youngstown.

“We don’t need another Youngstown court magistrate. Not since the days that I was an assistant prosecutor…28 years ago in that court, did we need three judges and two magistrates,” Limbian said.

He told the group he has the temperament to be the next Youngstown Municipal Court Judge.

Limbian opposed expanding the courts because he does not see the need in a shrinking city like Youngstown.

Challenging Limbian in the Democratic primary is Hume, who used to be the Youngtown Law Director.

“Throughout my career, I have been very successful as an attorney,” he said. “I’m admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and I have won two cases at the Ohio Supreme level.”

Judge Renee DiSalvo is the incumbent for municipal judge. She’s running unopposed as a Republican.

She talked about her long journey from a single parent to a lawyer, then to the bench.

“I have been on that bench since November 15 and a lot of things have happened in that court,” DiSalvo said. “I am born and raised in Youngstown. I went to St. Dominic’s grade school and I am a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School.”

The forum was moderated by the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown.

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