Kitchen repays contribution, but hearing still set

DeMaine Kitchen

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Even though it appears one-time Youngstown mayoral candidate DeMaine Kitchen has fully repaid a questionable campaign contribution, he still will face some scrutiny from the Ohio Elections Commission.

Kitchen was supposed to have a hearing in Columbus Thursday morning over his receiving $4,000 in cash last year from then-Youngstown Mayor Chuck Sammarone. At the time, Kitchen was Sammarone’s chief of staff and was running against John McNally for the seat McNally eventually won. 

Ohio law states cash contributions cannot be more than $100.

Late Thursday morning, Kitchen filed papers with the Mahoning County Board of Elections indicating he has since repaid the full amount. However, officials with the Elections Commission said they still plan to hold their hearing, re-scheduling it for Nov. 13.

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