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Trumbull County Democrats hold candidates forum

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WARREN, Ohio - At a Democratic candidates forum, voters had the chance to hear from different primary hopefuls.

The Democratic candidates forum was held Monday night at Sunrise Inn. Voters had the chance to hear from candidates for probate judge, county commissioner and State Representative for the 64th District.

Incumbent Tom Letson has served the 64th District for eight years, but is no longer able to run due to term limits.

"It's a widely diverse district so you don't get to concentrate on manufacturing at one end, and you have farming at the other, you have part of the shale play in here, you've got universities in here. So it's the diversity that makes this district so much fun," Letson said.

There are three Democrats who would like to fill his shoes.

Ken MacPherson presented his platform as an experienced businessman, able to create jobs.  "On the manufacturing side, having worked in manufacturing, having worked in engineering, having built these jobs, that brings a level of knowledge that I have that clearly my opponent doesn't," MacPherson said.

Opponent Michael O'Brien, a former county commissioner and mayor of Warren, says he knows the district like the back of his hand and it's that experience Ohio needs.

"Job creators come from the private sector and my activity with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and my close relationship with them will be able to garner different types of business incentives that will attract those types of jobs," O'Brien said.

A third Democratic candidate, Eugene Mach, II was not in attendance at the forum.

Whoever wins the Democratic primary election will face Republican Randy Law in the fall.

Independent candidates have until the day before the May primary to file for the November general election.

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