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Hughes drops out of Youngstown mayoral race

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Former Police Chief Jimmy Hughes, announced on Thursday that he will not run for Youngstown Mayor.

That leaves five candidates in the race, including the current Mayor's Chief-of-Staff DeMaine Kitchen and former County Commissioner John McNally.

At a joint news conference, Hughes and Kitchen said they realized if they both stay in the race, it would mean splitting the vote, and little chance that either would be victorious.

"Understanding the importance of this election and the issues at stake here in the city, I have chosen to withdraw as an independent candidate in this upcoming November election." said Hughes.

Hughes also announced that he is supporting Kitchen, a former city council member, and currently Mayor Charles Sammarone's Chief-of-Staff.

Hughes says Kitchen is a man of integrity, and he feels the dismissed criminal indictment in the Oakhill case against endorsed Democrat John McNally should have voters demanding answers.

Hughes said, "If you have that cloud hanging over your head, wouldn't you want to think that's an issue that should be addressed?"

But McNally isn't interested in addressing that issue at this time. McNally says he's focused on moving full steam ahead with his campaign.

"I think when people look at the experience that I've had over the past 15 or 16 years, not only in city hall, but my time at the county, compared to DeMaine's brief time in city council, and his brief time as the mayor's assistant," said McNally, "That there really won't be anything for people to contest in this race. I expect to do well, and I expect to be the mayor come January 1st." 

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