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Malloy’s fresh ideas, vision deserve chance

Mauro Cantalamessa has grown in his role as Trumbull County commissioner since his appointment in 2014. He has stood his ground on certain controversial issues and, at times, has split from other commissioners on issues involving things like public transportation and sanitary sewer development issues.

Cantalamessa says he will maintain fiscal conservancy, fighting to hold the line on any sales tax increase. He also will work to attract and retain businesses.

He has failed, however, in some instances of transparency. That is troubling because we believe he understands Ohio’s Sunshine Laws and their importance since he has spoken out in favor of openness on other occasions. Still, Cantalamessa has been involved in instances where improper meetings were held to discuss public business, making us wonder whether he follows the rules only when it works in his favor.

Cantalamessa also has found himself embroiled in a heated dispute with Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill over sewer-line plans to service the new GM-LG Chem battery plant under construction there. While we have supported the county’s proposal to serve the new facility, we believe diplomacy in discussions must be maintained, and it’s county officials who should take the lead on that diplomacy.

Instead, angry disputes have erupted between Hill, Cantalamessa and fellow Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda. That is especially troubling in a county where regional efforts and less parochial attitudes are needed to advance new development and grow the economy. It’s undisputable that Lordstown has been a key location for growth and development in Trumbull County. Cooperation, not alienation, would be the more advisable approach.

Cantalamessa, 43, a Democrat of Warren, is being challenged by political newcomer Dennis Malloy, 50, of Bazetta, who is running as an independent candidate.

Malloy shared with us a fresh outlook and new logical ideas.

He wants to focus attention on the sometimes-forgotten northern Trumbull County region. He wants to explore the possibility of growing infrastructure in those areas to help make the area more inviting to new business.

Malloy points out that he has seen no progress in more than 25 years on enhancement of Mecca Circle, the Mosquito Lake shore area, lodging, restaurants or any other attractions in that area. He promises, if elected, he will work to find ways to capitalize on the 1.5 million visitors that come to Mosquito Lake each year.

He also says he already has spent time meeting with local government leaders around the county, something he says is rarely, if ever, done by the sitting commissioners.

“I’ve heard the comment, ‘The commissioners come to the rural townships to visit,'” Malloy said. “I will come to work.”

We like Malloy’s vision and his strong desire to focus on northern Trumbull County.

Malloy is bright and energetic, and we believe he would bring a new outlook to the board of commissioners. His history of conservative beliefs while previously voting in Democratic primaries, coupled with his ability to work with leadership of both major local political parties indicate to us that Malloy follows his beliefs on the issues, not a party line. That could go a long way in helping to eliminate the status quo of a one-party system in Trumbull County government.

Malloy says if he is elected, he will come to work. We believe him. Frankly, we believe he is the best candidate among the four running for two seats on the Trumbull County board of commissioners.

For these reasons, we endorse Dennis Malloy for Trumbull County commissioner.

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