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Top contenders take questions during Youngstown mayor's race forum

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DeMaine Kitchen DeMaine Kitchen
John McNally John McNally

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - It was standing room only at the New Bethel Baptist Church Monday night for the first forum in the Youngstown mayor's race since sexual harassment allegations surfaced against one of the candidates. 

Pastor Kenneth Simon moderated and 21 News reporter Michelle Nicks asked questions for the top two contenders in the race.

Independent candidate DeMaine Kitchen again denied sexual harassment allegations levied against him by city employee Lindsey Hughes. Asked if he would provide a copy of his emails during the period in question when he served as Mayor Chuck Sammarone's chief of staff, Kitchen said, "There is an investigation going on so I wont comment too much on that. If that exists, it's already public record and its already available. So there is nothing for me to provide because everything is already turned in."

On the topic of the dismissed indictment stemming from the purchase of the Oakhill Renaissance Plaza, endorsed democratic candidate John McNally was asked if he is the target of a federal investigation. 

"I have not received any information whatsoever from any type of source that I'm the target of any investigation regarding Oakhill. The charges against me in the state were dismissed approximately two years ago." said McNally.

McNally says taxpayers should be thankful he fought against the purchase that is costing them millions in tax dollars.

Ron Miller from the Urban League and Clarence Boles asked questions about the crime rate, police department, and hiring more minorities. Both Kitchen and McNally say they will promote diversity in hiring and business and both they will work to reduce crime.

 

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