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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Attorney Chris Sammarone, a Democratic candidate for Mahoning County Probate Judge, says he is proud to be called  "a leader" by Jim Tressel.

At a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, Sammarone responded to criticism by County Democratic Party Chairman Dave Betras for using a Tressel quote on a campaign flyer.

Betras and his party endorsed candidate Susan Maruca say the quote is misleading because it's from a time when Sammarone was playing football for Tressel at YSU.

Sammarone says Tressel also agreed to be listed as a reference on his application to fill the unexpired term of Probate Judge.

"I ask you to answer this question, who is a better judge of the character of someone, and has the ability to call a person a leader, Jim Tressel or Dave Betras?" said Sammarone.

Sammarone says he is disappointed that Betras and Maruca would attack his relationship with Tressel rather than focus on the qualifications and experience of the candidates for Probate Judge.

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