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Warren city council president-elect ready to work with Mayor Franklin

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WARREN, Ohio - A former Lordstown United Auto Workers representative is elected to the Warren City Council president post, pushing one-term Council President Bob Dean out of the leadership position.

Jim Graham defeated Dean on Tuesday, taking over the presidency with about 55 percent of the vote according to unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

This wasn't Graham's first attempted at an elected position. He ran and lost against Mayor Doug Franklin in the last mayoral election.

The two will soon work side by side on city matters, but Graham doesn't forsee that being a problem.

"He and I have known each other for 30 years, so it's not going to be that hard to work with Doug," Graham said.

Though Graham wouldn't divulge on specific goals he hopes to achieve until meeting with council members first, he did say he wants to be a part of finding new opportunties for the city of Warren's future.

"I think he wants the same thing I want for the city, to see it move forward and I think we've got the resources to help that process," Graham said.

Graham will be sworn in at the end of this year and officially take over the post in January of 2014.

Franklin tells 21 News he anticipates having a good working relationship with Graham and looks forward to helping him with his transition into his leadership role.

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