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Sitting down at the Canfield city mayor’s desk is Don Dragish, who took the oath of place of work for his very first term on Jan. 5. He explained he is eager to get started to transfer the town in the ideal route in 2022. He earlier served on Canfield City Council.

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CANFIELD — The metropolis has a new mayor.

Don Dragish was offered the oath of place of work Jan. 5 by Mahoning County Frequent Pleas Court docket Judge R. Scott Krichbaum. Dragish replaced Mayor Richard Duffett, who chose not to operate for re-election.

For Dragish, politics had been significantly from his designs when he finished faculty. He grew up on the West Facet of Youngstown and attended Ursuline Substantial Faculty, graduating in 1991. He went on to attend Youngstown Point out College in which he earned his diploma in design and style, internet marketing and promotion.

“My very first job was at Ski Confined in Boardman,” Dragish said. “I was building catalogs for the company.”

He claimed each and every calendar year the enterprise would send out a pair of million catalogs. That all improved in 2000 with the web explosion and men and women starting to obtain on the net. Dragish claimed he had to change the catalog he aided structure and make it electronic.

“In the to start with thirty day period, we made $30,000 from the online revenue,” he said. “Plus we had significantly less printing prices.”

Soon after 5 many years with Ski Minimal, Dragish moved on to the Cafaro Firm. He stated he was tasked with internet marketing and setting up sites for 16 Cafaro malls. He also worked with the Cafaro real estate division as effectively, and assisted with the concert events at Eastwood Discipline. He stayed with Cafaro for 5 decades right before moving on.

He place in 3 years at the Prodigal Media Agency, then decided to open his own small business he known as Adtronico, which was ideal in line with his expertise in advertising and income. He stated he retained the business enterprise heading though he worked for B.J. Alan for a pair of seasons.

All over 2011, Dragish moved to Canfield and together with his new bride, Tasha Dragish, started a spouse and children when his son George was born.

When he moved to Canfield, he had stepped up his enterprise and renamed it Dragish Promoting. As a resident of Canfield, Dragish wanted to be much more included in the neighborhood, so he joined Canfield Rotary. He learned a great deal about the metropolis, and he claimed it was at a Rotary conference that he was urged to get included in neighborhood politics.

He reported in 2012, voters accepted charter amendments that minimized the phrases for council associates from 4 yrs to two a long time. That meant in 2014, the late Councilman Andy Skrobola experienced to stage down early, and there was a have to have to fill the seat.

“A whole lot of men and women in Rotary explained I should operate for business office,” Dragish mentioned. “I did run and was unopposed.”

From 2014 through 2018, Dragish served as a councilman, with the latter a few several years as council president. He was equipped to be a portion of Mahoning County’s initially Joint Economic Advancement District (JEDD) when the Windsor JEDD was finalized with a partnership involving the city and township.

“The 4 several years I served as councilman was a fantastic practical experience,” he said. “I acquired a lot about our town, the ins and outs, and what makes it get the job done.”

He also served through a time when towns ended up trapped in a hard money posture. State cuts to entities like Canfield experienced council users scrambling to meet up with the needs of the metropolis.

“We experienced very little (from the state) and it was hard to operate with out income,” Dragish reported. “That is when we definitely pushed the difficulty of growing the town and annexing the Crimson Gate home the metropolis owns.”

During his council time period, he added to his loved ones when his daughter Genevieve was born.

Close to the end of his expression, Dragish dropped his council seat and resolved to make a run for mayor. Then Mayor Bernie Kosar declared he was stepping down, and Richard Duffett also threw his hat in the ring and received the election.

Four several years afterwards when Duffett determined to move down and Dragish made the decision all over again to run, he was elected. He took office environment officially Jan. 5 prior to the very first council meeting of 2022. Decide R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Popular Pleas Court docket issued the oath of office.

Dragish will have to get a exclusive course on jogging a mayor’s courtroom prior to he can put on the robe and deal with instances.

As for the long run, he claimed he enjoys Canfield and believes it is a wonderful and a secure position to elevate a household.

“Canfield is evolving from exactly where it was 10 several years ago,” he reported. “We have a terrific neighborhood, and men and women want to go here. I imagine as council we can do so a great deal a lot more. We will be able to do some genuinely awesome points in the coming months.”

Dragish is a devoted, tough-working specific, but he does have two passions that let him unwind and be innovative. Just one is a passion for golf, and the other is cooking.

“I really like to cook dinner,” he mentioned. “Anything from yard barbecues to Sunday dinners. In the course of the decades, my friends and I would get jointly for soccer games or other gatherings, and we just started out cooking. Now I just get pleasure from doing it.”

His father, Don Dragish Sr., served as a Youngstown police officer for 30 many years and as a federal deputy marshal for 25 many years. Don Sr. attended the swearing-in ceremony and stated he was very pleased of his son.

To recommend a Saturday profile, get in touch with features editor Burton Cole at [email protected] or metro editor Marly Reichert at [email protected]

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