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CAMPAIGN UPDATE | Mahoning Valley election news for Oct. 10

Mahoning Matters recognizes its obligation to keep readers updated on news of candidates, forums and other developments during the election season.
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Mahoning Matters recognizes its obligation to keep readers updated on news of candidates, forums and other developments during the election season.

If you have an upcoming candidate forum, registration drive or campaign news release you'd like us to consider publishing, send it to

Candidate statements and press releases are edited for space and are subjected to fact-checking.

Voter information

Mahoning Matters has put together voter guides for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties that contain information on basic voting needs — how to register, what is on the ballot, how much will that levy will cost you, etc. 

The guides can be found here:

We have emailed questionnaires to almost every candidate in a contested race. As the candidates respond, we will add those links to the guides. In addition, we have identified 14 key races that will get extra attention this election season. We will augment those races with additional coverage as it happens and expand their biographical information in the guides. 

We plan this to be a living, breathing document, so as you go through a guide, if there is something you think we should add, email Editor Mark Sweetwood at

Early voting

How to request an absentee/mail-in ballot: If you choose not to vote at a public polling location on Election Day, you can request a ballot in advance — called absentee voting. The Ohio Secretary of State has mailed applications to every registered voter, which can be completed and returned, or voters can click here to print the form from the Secretary of State website.

How, where and when to vote early in-person: You can vote early at your county's county elections office which will are open for early voting prior to Election Day (Nov. 3). You’ll need identification, such as a driver’s license, bank statement, utility bill, pay stub, military or state ID to vote. 

All Ohio board of elections offices have extended hours to accommodate early voters:

  • Friday, Oct. 9: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Oct. 16: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 25: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 31: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 1: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 2: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Candidate forum

  • Three candidates vying to represent the 13th Congressional District will debate on Monday, Oct. 12 in an election event co-hosted by the Youngstown Press Club and Stambaugh Auditorium. The event will be broadcast live from 7 to 8 p.m on WFMJ-TV. Candidates include Tim Ryan, the Democratic incumbent; Christina Hagan, the Republican candidate; and Dr. Michael Fricke, the Libertarian candidate. Dr. Adam Earnheardt, YSU, will moderate the event. Five panelists will present questions to the candidates. Panelists include Derek Steyer, WFMJ-TV; David Skolnick, Tribune Chronicle/The Vindicator; George Nelson, The Business Journal; and two from the Akron Press Club.

Campaign contributions

  • U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13th, filed his quarterly campaign finance report Wednesday, showing he raised nearly $600,000, the largest single quarter for Ryan in his congressional career. "Tim Ryan has tremendous support among voters and from contributors who understand his tenacious work ethic and his commitment to fighting to raise wages, expand health care and lift the standard of living for the people in his congressional district," Dennis Willard, spokesperson for Tim Ryan for Congress, said in a news release. "Voters and financial supporters also know his opponent, Christina Hagan, has no base of support, doesn't even live in the district and is beholden to the dark money special interests running negative campaign ads paid for by anonymous outside donors." The report is available here.

Yard sign distribution

  • The Trumbull County Democratic Party and Trumbull County Young Dems are hosting a drive-thru yard sign distribution Sunday. The Biden for President and local candidate yard sign distribution will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. behind Pinetree Plaza, 36 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles. In addition to Joe Biden yard signs for all, free Biden rally signs will be available to the first 50 cars. Cars should enter at the end of the back lot near Handyman Hardware and exit toward Robbins Avenue.