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Democratic Chairman Dave Betras denies racism accusations

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mahoning County Democratic Party leader Dave Betras is facing racism accusations from local black leaders.

Reverend Kenneth Simon claims Betras is harassing party leaders and is alienating blacks from the Democratic Party.

Betras removed African Americans, Annie and Artis Gillam and T.J. Rogers from the executive committee of the party after they openly supported the independent candidate for Youngstown mayor, Demaine Kitchen, instead of the party endorsed candidate John McNally.

Betras says the removal of the executive committee members has nothing to do with racism.

He says it's strictly because they don't support the democrat endorsed candidate.

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