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John McNally wins Democratic primary for Youngstown Mayor

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - John McNally, the man endorsed by Mahoning County Democrats for Youngstown Mayor, is headed to the November General Election.

McNally won the primary beating out Jamael Tito Brown and the Rev. Matthew Smith.

Just 150 votes seperated the winner and the loser in this mayoral primary race. 

For McNally, it's a victory that he won't take for granted as he begins campaigning for November.

"We're very happy. A lot of people on our committee have put in a lot of hard work over the past six months.  The last week was difficult.  We just wanted to get to election day.  But we're real happy with the way the results turned out tonight.  It was tough being out there all day -- and the turnout for voters was tough.  It wasn't as great as we hoped it would be, and I knew as the day went on it was going to be a very tough election and it was going to come down to the wire and it did," said McNally.

McNally praised his opponent, the current Youngstown City Council President Brown, saying it was a good campaign.

For Brown, he's proud of his supporters and what they accomplished to get out his message.

Brown said, "I'm raising my family here, I'm raising my children here.  Tito Brown's not going anywhere.  This is my community, I live here and I work here, and whatever is best for the community I will be fighting for."

McNally, a former Mahoning County Commissioner and former Youngstown City Law Director, will have a number of non-party opponents in November including DeMaine Kitchen, the current chief of staff under Mayor Charles Sammarone, and former Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes has also filed as an independent to run for mayor in November.

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