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Mahoning County voter guide: What you need to know now

This year’s general election on Nov. 2 includes several dozen contested races and issues at the city, village and township levels. Here's a list of all the candidates, levies and liquor options that will be on ballots this fall in Mahoning County.
Mahoning Matters Election Guide 2021

We'll be updating this voter guide through the election season. Don't see the information you want or need here? Email us your question at news@mahoningmatters.com

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What you need to know now

How to register to vote: You can click here to register online. You can also download an application from the Secretary of State website, print it, and mail it to: Mahoning County Board of Elections, 345 Oak Hill Ave., Suite 101, Youngstown, OH 44502.

Documents you need to register online: Ohio driver’s license or state ID with number; name; date of birth; address; last four digits of your Social Security number.

When to register to vote: To vote in the Nov. 2 election, your registration application must be received by mail, or delivered to the board of elections office, or online no later than Monday, Oct. 4. Boards of elections offices are open Oct. 4 until 9 p.m.

Who can register to vote: U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 2, 2021, and a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election.

If I'm already registered, should I check my voter registration?: Yes. You can do so at the Secretary of State website.

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. Voters can click here to print the form from the Secretary of State website. Though the board of elections may have received your application, it won't start mailing absentee ballots until Oct. 5.

When to request an absentee/mail-in ballot: You can request an absentee ballot now for the general election on Nov. 2. The window to request is open until three days before the election but in practicality that deadline leaves little time for the postal service to get the ballot to you and for you to return it.

When and how to return an absentee/mail-in ballot: Your completed ballot must be postmarked — at the latest — by Nov. 1, the day before the election. Placing the ballot in a mailbox does not guarantee that it will be postmarked. Deliver it personally to a post office and request that it be marked. It’s your responsibility to make sure it has enough postage. Alternatively, you can drop it off in person at your county board of elections during business hours and before the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. You don’t have to wait until Election Day to deliver.

In Mahoning County, the absentee/mail-in ballot dropbox is located just outside entrance A of the Oakhill Renaissance Center at 345 Oak Hill Ave.

Can I track my absentee/mail-in ballot? Yes. Click here to track your absentee ballot on the county board of elections website.

How, where and when to vote early in-person: You can vote early at the county elections office, 345 Oak Hill Ave., Suite 101, Youngstown, which will open for early voting Oct. 5, 28 days before Election Day (Nov. 2). 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:

• Tuesday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 8: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 11: Columbus Day [elections offices will be closed]
• Tuesday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Oct. 15: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 18 to Friday, Oct. 22: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 25 to Friday, Oct. 29: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 31: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 1: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where do I vote on Election Day? On Election Day, Nov. 2, you'll visit your polling place to vote in-person. If you're already registered to vote, you can look up your polling place on the county elections board's website. If you’ve already cast an absentee or mail-in ballot or voted early in-person, you won’t be able to vote on Election Day.

How to be a poll worker: Ohio relies on 35,000 registered, bipartisan voters to work the polls on Election Day. Because many poll workers are of retirement age, they face increased health risks due to COVID-19. Last year, there was high interest in expanding the hiring pool to include younger people. Pay varies by county.

Click here to sign up to be a poll worker. You can also call Mahoning County’s election offices at 330-783-2474. Potential poll workers will be asked whether they are Democrat or Republican.

Still have questions? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions about voting in Ohio.

This election guide was produced with contributions from the Ohio media collaborative Your Voice Ohio.


Candidates

Here's a rundown of every race in Mahoning County. Your ballot will look different depending on where you live. You can look up your ballot here. We'll be updating this list with a look at the key races, so check back.

City races

Campbell Mayor

Nicholas Phillips (incumbent)
Bryan Tedesco (2nd ward councilperson)

Campbell Council President

George Levendis (incumbent)
Renee Costantino

Canfield Mayor

Don Dragish
Wm. Bruce Neff (councilperson)
Kathryn F. Young

Struthers President of Council (uncontested)

Michael Patrick (D, incumbent)

Struthers Councilperson At-Large (elect three, uncontested)

James Baluck (D, incumbent)
Dallas Bigley (D, incumbent)
Megan Pingley (D, incumbent)

Struthers 1st Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Lori A. Greenwood (D, incumbent)

Struthers 2nd Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Ron Carcelli (D, incumbent)

Struthers 3rd Ward Councilperson

Robert D. Burnside (D, incumbent)
David Shaffer (R)

Struthers 4th Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Rick Bayus (D, incumbent)

Struthers Treasurer

Erika Rudzik (write-in)
Mark Brenner (write-in)

Youngstown Mayor

Jamael Tito Brown (D, incumbent)
Tracey Winbush (R)

Write-in candidates
Calvin Hill
Cecil B. Monroe
Claudette Moore
Tayana C. Smith
Lynette Wesley
Amber Leigh White

Youngstown President of Council

Erwin Adams (I)
Thomas Hetrick (D)
Donald P. Scott (I)


Village races

Beloit Village Council At-Large (elect four, uncontested)

Matt R. Hutton (incumbent)

Beloit Village Board of Public Affairs

Kristine Shoemaker

Craig Beach Village Mayor

Unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2023
Robert Andrea Sr. (councilperson)
James R. Becker (councilperson)

Craig Beach Village Council At-Large (elect four)

James (Jamie) B. Becker (incumbent)
Larry D. Ellis (incumbent)
Wanda Sabol (incumbent)
Janet Appeldorn
Joshua Auden

Lowellville Village Council At-Large (elect four, uncontested)

Robert Coppola (incumbent)
Ronald Rotunno (incumbent)
Keith McCaughtry (incumbent)

New Middletown Council At-Large (elect four)

[No candidates reported]

Poland Village Council At-Large (elect four)

Chris Graff (I, incumbent)
Anthony M. Lattanzio (incumbent)
Sam Moffie (R, incumbent)
Martha M. Morgan (I, incumbent)
Jenna Farina (I)
Michael P. Zembower (I)

Sebring Village Council At-Large (elect four, uncontested)

Marvin R. Aberegg (incumbent)
Corey T. Hughes (incumbent)
Samantha Phillips (incumbent)
Joseph M. Amabeli (write-in)

Washingtonville Village (race unspecified)

Herman C. Frank III (mayor)
Peggy Sue Frank (councilperson)


Township races

Austintown Township Trustee (elect two)

Ken Carano (incumbent)
Jim Davis (incumbent)
Monica S. Deavers
Robert Santos

Beaver Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Pamela L. Simmons (incumbent)
Erik J. Tabor (incumbent)

Berlin Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Denny Furman (incumbent)
Jodi R. Kale (incumbent)

Boardman Township Trustee (elect two)

Brad Calhoun (incumbent)
Thomas P. Costello (incumbent)
Tabitha Fitz-Patrick
Paul B. Hugenberg
Jason JP Pavone

Canfield Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Marie I. Cartwright (incumbent)
Brian W. Governor (incumbent)

Coitsville Township Trustee (elect two)

Gerald M. Backo (incumbent)
Robert Lisko (incumbent)
James P. Alfano

Ellsworth Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Frederick M. Houston (incumbent)
Bob Toman (incumbent)

Goshen Township Trustee (elect two)

John A. Bricker (incumbent)
Teresa A. Stratton (incumbent)
Robert McCracken

Green Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Mark Stepuk (incumbent)
George Toy (incumbent)

Jackson Township Trustee (elect two)

Alan Hemphill (incumbent)
John P. Jakubec (incumbent)
Jonathan A. Jamison
Angela Javorsky

Milton Township Trustee (elect two)

Bryce Bond
Wendy DiBernardi
Suzan E. Lemmon
Brett Oxley
Tami Scott
Brian Slider
Edward J. Villone

Poland Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Edward R. Kempers (incumbent)
Joanne Wollet (incumbent)

Smith Township Trustee (elect two)

Terry Criss (incumbent)
Larry G. Barnett
Homer L. Sanor Sr.

Springfield Township Trustee (elect two)

Robert T. Orr (incumbent)
Donald C. Williams (incumbent)
Donald Mark Wharry
Joshua Wiery


School board races

Austintown Local Schools (elect three)

Don Sherwood (incumbent)
Kathy Mock (incumbent)
Patrick Bokesch
Fred Marcum

Boardman Local Schools (elect three)

Victoria Davis (incumbent)
John W. Fryda (incumbent)
John P. Landers (incumbent)
Anthony Buchmann

Campbell City Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Gary Bednarik (incumbent)
Judy Gozur (incumbent)
Tony Kelly (incumbent)

Canfield Local Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Nader Atway (incumbent)
Matt Campbell (incumbent)
Traci Kinkade DeCapua (incumbent)

Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio (elect three, uncontested)

Jeff Good of Salem (incumbent)
Kathy McNabb Welsh of Boardman (incumbent)
Richard S. Scarsella of Boardman (incumbent)

Jackson-Milton Local Schools (elect three)

Nick Campbell (incumbent)
Mitch Mascioli (incumbent)
Kimberly L. Snowden-Pittman (incumbent)
Tausha E. Bacorn

Lowellville Local Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Brian Wharry (incumbent)
Stephanie Yon (incumbent)
Jennifer Coppola-Johnson

Poland Local Schools (elect two)

Larry Dinopoulos (incumbent)
Gregg A. Riddle (incumbent)
Michelle Ella
Gregory Kibler
Holly Kollar
Allison Mattson
Jaclyn Rausch

Sebring Local Schools (elect two)

Debbie Green (incumbent)
JoAnn Jones (incumbent)
Scott Latham (incumbent)

South Range Local Schools (elect four)

Three full terms
Brian Bagwell (incumbent)
Terri A. Lally (incumbent)
Liz Johnson
Sean Wardle

One unexpired term
Shelly Colucci
Richard J. Ferenchak

Springfield Local Schools (elect three)

Karen M. Dattilo (incumbent)
Matthew Gugliotti (incumbent)
Stephanie E. Caldwell
Brian Medvec

Struthers City Schools (elect four, uncontested)

Three full terms
Mary M. Carcelli (incumbent)
Robert W. Noble Jr. (incumbent)
Ronald N. Shives (incumbent)

One unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2021
Patrick C. Bundy (incumbent)

West Branch Local Schools (elect three)

Bryan Hobbins (incumbent)
Courtney Stryffeler (incumbent)
Joe Courtwright
David M. Yaggi

Western Reserve Local Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Pamela Darney
Michael Gorby
Jasmine M. Henning

Youngstown City Schools (elect four)

Three full terms
Jackie Adair (incumbent)
Tina Cvetkovich (incumbent)
Ronald Shadd (incumbent)
Kenneth M. Donaldson Sr.
Tyrone Peakes II
Nia Simms
Danyel R. Taylor
Dawn Turnage
LaDonna Walker
Jessica Walker-Rosario

One unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2021
Jerome Williams (incumbent)


Questions and Issues

Below are proposed levies up to voters on Nov. 2, along with generalized estimates of their annual costs to taxpayers. You can use our levy calculator spreadsheet to get a more accurate estimate of how much each measure would cost you if it passes.

Countywide

Additional 0.25-percent, five-year sales and use tax for repair and maintenance of roads and other infrastructure
Customers in Mahoning County would begin paying an extra 25 cents on every $100 spent in the county.

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities facility operations
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Austintown Township

Renewal of 1.5-mill, five-year levy for streets, roads and bridges
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years.

Renewal of 0.5-mill, five-year levy for senior citizen services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $17.50 per year; $87.50 over five years.

Boardman Township

Renewal of 3-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $105 per year; $525 over five years.

Campbell City

Renewal of 3-mill, five-year levy for the police and fire departments
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $105 per year; $525 over five years.

Renewal of a 3-mill, five-year levy for road resurfacing
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $105 per year; $525 over five years.

Canfield City

Renewal of 3.9-mill, five-year levy for the police department
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $136.50 per year; $682.50 over five years.

Renewal of 0.42-mill, five-year levy for Cardinal Joint Fire District operating expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $14.70 per year; $73.50 over five years.

Green Township

Renewal of 1.5-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years.

Lowellville Village

Additional 8.4-mill, five-year levy for the police department
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $294 per year; $1,470 over five years.

Additional 3.4-mill, five-year levy for the fire department
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $119 per year; $595 over five years.

Milton Township

Additional 2-mill levy for a centrifugal fire pump
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $70 per year

Poland Township

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Poland Village

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for the police department
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Sebring Village

Renewal of 3-mill, five-year levy for the fire department
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $105 per year; $525 over five years.

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for recreation
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Additional 2-mill, five-year levy for parks and recreation
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Springfield Township

Replacement of a 2-mill levy with a 1.5-mill, five-year levy for the fire department
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would instead pay $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years. On paper, that's $17.50 less per year and $87.50 less over five years. But replacing a levy allows it to be tied to current tax rates, meaning property owners could effectively pay more, even with a "smaller" levy.

Replacement of a 2-mill levy with a 1.5-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would instead pay $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years. On paper, that's $17.50 less per year and $87.50 less over five years. But replacing a levy allows it to be tied to current tax rates, meaning property owners could effectively pay more, even with a "smaller" levy.

Struthers City

A measure to change terms of office from two years to four years.

School districts

Alliance City Schools

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for school building maintenance
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Lowellville Local Schools

Additional 4-mill, five-year levy generating $213,533 a year for general permanent improvements
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $140 per year; $700 over five years.

Poland Local Schools

Renewal of 4.9-mill, five-year levy generating $2,181,867 a year for emergency requirements
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $171.50 per year; $857.50 over five years.

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy generating $388,752 a year for emergency requirements
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Western Reserve Local Schools

Renewal of 2.96-mill, 10-year levy to avoid an operating deficit
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $103.60 per year; $518 over five years.

Liquor options

Austintown Township Precinct 3

Frenchy's Irish Pub, Mahoning Avenue: Sunday sales

Austintown Township Precinct 15

Aldi, Mahoning Avenue: Sunday sales

Boardman Township Precinct 1

Peaberry's Cafe, Boardman Poland Road: Weekly and Sunday sales

Boardman Township Precinct 21

Bruno Bros. Pizza, Market Street: Sunday sales

Boardman Township Precinct 22

Combine Brothers, Market Street: Weekly and Sunday sales

Canfield City Precinct 1

Broad Street Diner, Broad Street [Days unspecified]

Canfield City

Hillside Winery, Leffingwell Road: Weekly and Sunday sales

Green Township Precinct 2

Circle K, State Street: Weekly and Sunday sales

Sebring Village Precinct 1

Sebring Mansion Inn & Spa, West Ohio Avenue: Sunday sales

Youngstown City Precinct 1-A

Frieda's, West Rayen Avenue: Sunday sales

Youngstown City Precinct 1-C

High Mart, High Street: Sunday sales