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Belinky withdraws as candidate for Mahoning County Probate Judge

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Former Mahoning County Probate Judge Mark Belinky has officially withdrawn as a candidate for re-election.

The move comes three and a half weeks after Belinky resigned his spot on the bench.

On February 6th, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Mahoning County Sheriff's office executed a search warrant at Belinky's office in the courthouse and at his home.
 
According to the warrant, they were looking for evidence of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, tampering with records, bribery, money laundering, theft and theft in office. That investigation is still open.

Belinky submitted a form letter to the Mahoning County board of Elections on Tuesday, certifying  that he is no longer a candidate in next month's primary election.

Since early voting has already started, Belinky's  name will still appear on Democratic ballots in Mahoning County along with candidates Susan Maruca and Chris Sammarone.

No charges have been filed against Belinky, but the Ohio Attorney General's office says the investigation remains open.

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