Mahoning Commissioner race heading for a recount on Dec. 7
The election may have been on November 8, but some races ended up being too close to call.
At Monday's Mahoning County Commissioner meeting, 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).
However, the close race is now headed for a recount with Righetti leading by a slim margin 137 votes, one-half of one percent.
The total given at the meeting was 42,569 for Righetti, while DiFabio received 42,432 votes.
The recount is scheduled to take place on December 7 at 9 a.m. and is expected to take the hours. The Election Board will reconvene at 3 pm after the count is complete.
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 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.
Once the board announces the winner, that person will be sworn into office on Jan. 1 and is scheduled to serve until 2026.