YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – One of the men who would like to be the next Struthers mayor said he has made mistakes, but they are all behind him.
One-time Councilman Danny Thomas filed his petitions Tuesday at the Mahoning County Board of Elections to run for mayor in the May Democratic primary.
Thomas, who now works as a political consultant, was convicted in federal court of using a telephone to distribute drugs in the late 1980’s. Eventually he received a pardon from then-President Bill Clinton.
“I have atoned for that. The people of Struthers have recognized that. They voted me into office three times and they have put me in the positions of trust in several organizations since then. So I am here to work for the people of the city of Struthers,” Thomas said.
Thomas is one of at least two people looking to succeed current Mayor Terry Stocker, who decided not to run for re-election. The other, Struthers Board of Education member Ron Carcelli, was convicted of having an “unlawful interest in a public contract” from his time working for the city’s Street Department.
In the meantime, races for seats on Youngstown City Council are getting crowded. On Tuesday morning, retired Youngstown police officer Rick Alli filed to run for the Third Ward position now held by incumbent Nate Pinkard. Four of the seats on council are open this year because of term limits.
The deadline for filing is Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Click here for a list of candidates for the May primary.