Decision 2022: Righetti heads to fourth term as Mahoning Co. Commissioner
In the race for the one open seat on Mahoning County Commissioners, incumbent Carol Righetti (D) barely held off the challenge against political newcomer Geno DiFabio (R).
Righetti received 41,996 votes, 50.12%, in comparison to DiFabio's 41,792, 49.88%, or 204 votes.
Righetti, 69, grew up the on Youngstown's North Side, and has served three terms as a Mahoning County Commissioner, starting in 2010. She began her career as as an administrative assistant for the Mahoning County Planning Commission. In 1975, she moved on to become an assistant clerk for the Mahoning County Board of Elections until she retired from the position in 1999. In 2003, Righetti was elected as councilperson in Youngstown's 4th Ward
DiFabio, 59, a life-long Valley resident, was part of the teamsters union for seven years and worked as a truck driver for City Machine Technologies. He was first brought into the public's eye when then-President Donald Trump asked DiFabio to open the President's Youngstown rally in 2017.
Righetti will be sworn into office on Jan. 1 and is scheduled to serve until 2026.