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Current Niles councilmen claim nominations

NILES — Jimmy Julian, Al Cantola and Michael Lastic received the Democratic nominations for three at-Large council seats in Tuesday’s primary election.

Julian, Cantola, Lastic and Richard Hale were looking to fill three positions. Lastic received 27 percent of the vote, Julian received 26 percent, Cantola received 25 and Hale received 22 percent, according to unofficial and incomplete results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Cantola said he wants to move from the 4th Ward to at-Large because he doesn’t want to be limited on the residents he can help and wants to take on more responsibility.

“Tomorrow will be another day to start. I’m really glad I have the opportunity to continue to work for the city. There are some challenging times ahead that we will work through, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone,” Cantola said.

Julian said he takes pride in helping people and wants the younger demographic to have a vested interest in their community.

“I’m overwhelmed. This was a low election with a low turnout. My friends and I worked our tails off for this. It’s a good feeling. The city showed they want to add an element of youth,” Julian said. “I want to move the city forward, that’s what my campaign was all about — focusing on the positives rather than negatives.”

Lastic believes his work isn’t finished, saying he still wants to see some changes during his tenure and also wants to see the community involved.

Lastic was not available for comment Tuesday night.

With the American Rescue Plan Act passed recently, Niles could receive $3.56 million from the federal government. The candidates said they would like to see it invested in various ways, but they have a consensus on upgrading infrastructure. Recently, city council approved the replacement of two water valves because waterline breaks seem to happen frequently.

Julian said he would like to see the city continue to seek grants and use the COVID-19 relief money to upgrade infrastructure, Lastic said the frequency of water breaks warrants a look into solving the problem and Cantola also said the city needs some kind of plan in place prior to acting on the infrastructure repairs and replacement.

Cantola, Julian and Lastic move onto the Nov. 2 election, where no Republicans have filed for the seats, but two independents, James DePasquale and Geo Kuriatnyk, will be on the November ballot pending certification by the board of elections.

Niles council at Large

(3 to elect)

Michael A. Lastic 538

Albert J. Cantola Jr. 500

Richard Hale 434

Jimmy Julian 509

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