Two in Democratic primary for House seat
WARREN - Former Warren Mayor Michael J. O'Brien is the second person to file to run for the Democratic nomination in what will be an open 64th District Ohio House seat.
O'Brien, who also served as a Trumbull County commissioner and councilman in Warren, joins Eugene Mach, the Upward Bound coordinator at Youngstown State University. Mach, also of Warren, filed with the Trumbull County Board of Election on Jan. 10; O'Brien filed Thursday.
Seeking the Green Party nomination for the seat is Elaine Mastromatteo of Bristol. So far, she is the only person to file for that party's nomination. No Republicans have filed for their party's nomination.
The deadline is Feb. 5. State Rep. Tom Letson, D-Warren, can't run because of term limits.
Johnston trustees place fire renewal on ballot
JOHNSTON - Johnston Township trustees on Thursday approved placing a 2-mill, five-year renewal levy for fire and emergency medical service on the May 6 primary ballot.
Fiscal Officer John Moran said the levy, which was originally passed in the 1990s and last renewed in 2008, would continue to generate $33,995 annually for day-to-day needs for the fire department and EMS. Moran said with a renewal there is no increase in taxes.
Sen. Brown promotes mortgage tax break
YOUNGSTOWN - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will be in Youngstown today to call on Congress to reverse a tax increase put on homeowners.
The Democrat will speak at Catholic Charities on Belmont Avenue to promote his Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, which would for a year relieve the requirement on homeowners to pay taxes on mortgage debt forgiveness. Brown said, unless passed, the IRS will treat principal reductions homeowners get through mortgage modifications as income.
He will joined by Thomas Williams, the former president of the Ohio Association of Realtors and a local woman who is at risk of a tax increase.
McDonald OKs contract with OAPSE workers
McDONALD - The McDonald Board of Education this week approved a three-year contract with the 14 employees represented by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees 662.
Board Vice President John Saganich said the agreement is retroactive to Sept. 1 and includes a 2.75 percent pay increase each year of the agreement, which is the same pay increases approved for the district's teachers late last year.
OAPSE members - which include some secretaries, bus drivers, custodians and cooks - also will receive a one-time stipend of $1,500. Saganich said this was approved since the teaching union had their insurance premium contribution decreased from 20 to 10 percent, with the OAPSE contribution already at 10 percent.