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Candidates file for General Election

8/15/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Collins

SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — The filing deadline for the Board of Elections (BOE) for Summit and Medina counties for candidates running for some nonpartisan races for the Nov. 5 General Election was Aug. 7.

The following is a rundown of candidates who filed, as well as issues that were filed, in the West Side Leader coverage area. At presstime, both BOEs were in the process of certifying the candidates. For more information, visit the websites of the Summit County BOE at www.summitcountyboe.com or the Medina County BOE at www.boe.co.medina.oh.us.



Longtime Bath Trustee Jim Nelson filed to retain the seat he’s held since 1998.  Incumbent Becky Corbett also filed for a chance at a second term. They will face challenger Darrin Kert for the two seats up for election this November.


Current Boston Trustees Amy Anderson and Jerry Ritch are running unopposed for the two seats up for election this November.


Two seats are up for election on the Copley Township Board of Trustees this year. Incumbents Scott Dressler and Dale Panovich will face challengers Naureen Dar and John-Paul Paxton.


Four Fairlawn City Council seats will be up for election this November, and all of the candidates running are unopposed.

Ward 1 residents will see a new face on Council next year. Rick Herbert filed for the Ward 1 seat that has been held by Councilman James Butler since 1996.

The 81-year-old said he did not file for re-election because the time has come for someone younger to serve the ward.

“I’ve loved it for 18 years and I’ll miss it,” Butler said.

Council incumbents Bryan Nace (Ward 3) and Susan Sullivan (Ward 5) also filed to retain their seats.

For the Ward 6 seat, former Ward 6 Councilwoman Kathleen Baum, who resigned from the seat in July, is the only person to file for that seat.

Baum, who was elected to the seat in 2011, said she resigned due to changes to the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System.

“I had to retire by July 31 or I would have lost a third of my pension,” said Baum, who was an administrative assistant for the Fairlawn Police Department for 10 years prior to being elected to Council. “I really love being on Council, and resigning had nothing to do with Council.”

Council will appoint a new interim member, who will serve until the end of the year. Individuals interested in applying for the Ward 6 seat must apply to the city by today, Aug. 15.

Baum, who applied for the seat, said if she is appointed, it would not affect her pension since she officially retired.

According to Fairlawn City Council Clerk Tonja Caldwell, as of Aug. 12, no other residents have applied for the seat.

Fairlawn residents also will have a new finance director next year. Running for the seat unopposed is Mark Ludwig.

The seat was formerly held by Jerry Apple, who died July 26.

Peninsula Village

All four Peninsula Village Council members whose seats are up for re-election this November — Doug Anderson, Mary Booth, Charlie Moyer and Dan Schneider — did not file for re-election. For the four seats available, the following filed: John Bradford, Carol Kramer, Michael Matusz, Joe Mazur and Pamela Schneider.

Richfield Township

For the two seats up for election on the Richfield Township Board of Trustees, voters will choose between incumbent Laurie Peters Gilmore and former trustee Robert Luther and H. Jeff Shupe.

Trustee David Wyatt did not file for re-election.

Richfield Village

Five candidates filed for the four seats up for election on Richfield Village Council this November.

On the ballot will be incumbent Andy Ellis, along with former Council member Pat Healey, James Kahoe, former mayor and Council member Michael Lyons and Roger Swan, former village zoning inspector.

Council members John Ciolkevich, Hank Novak and Ralph Waszak did not file for re-election.

Boards of education

  • Akron Public Schools Board of Education: Ten candidates filed to run for the four seats up for election this November. Board members that filed for re-election include Bruce Alexander, Lisa Mansfield and Veronica Sims. Board member Jason Haas did not file for re-election.
    The other candidates include: Janice Davis, Tina Faverty, Dave Lombardi, John Otterman, Penny Pinkston, Scott Stetson and Debbie Walsh.
  • Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education: Incumbents Sue Emich, Richard Levin and Jessica Vargo will face challenger Romi Brozeit for the three seats up for election this November.
  • Norton City Schools Board of Education: Incumbent Cindy Webel will face challengers Matt Collier, Floyd Easterling Jr., Linda Kloetzer, Rob Knight and Jason Sams for the three seats up for election.
    Board members Diane Farmer and Jim Bennett did not file for re-election.
  • Revere Local Schools Board of Education: For the two seats up for election, incumbents Claudia Mendat Hower and George Seifert are running unopposed.
  • Summit County Educational Service Center Board: Incumbents Alyce Simmons Altwies, Susan Lobalzo and Dow Wolfe III will face challengers Ashley Dusseau Carr, Timothy Gallagher and Patricia Weber for the three seats up for election.
  • Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education: For the three seats up for election, incumbents Jan Flasco, Tammy Heffernan and Jeff McHugh will face challengers Marlene Martin, Linda Ocepek, Dale Patterson, John Schneider and Patrick Shade.


The following issues will appear on the ballot:

  • a six-year, 2.95-mill renewal levy for the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board;
  • a seven-year, 1.46-mill renewal levy for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County;
  • a seven-year, 0.8-mill renewal levy for the Akron Zoo;
  • a proposed 1 percent income tax increase for Peninsula Village;
  • a question asking if the Boston Township Board of Trustees should approve a contract with Peninsula Village for the creation of a joint economic development district; and
  • a proposed 3.89-mill, 36-year bond issue for the Norton City School District to raise $22.8 million for the construction and renovation of district buildings.




For the two seats up for election on the Granger Board of Trustees, incumbents Teri Berry and Richard Pace are running unopposed.

For fiscal officer, incumbent Donald Baker, who was recently appointed to the seat, will face Brooks Rorapaugh.


Sharon Trustees Raymond Lurtz and Kimberly Bolas Miller are running unopposed.

Highland Local Schools Board of Education

For the three seats up for election on the Highland Local Schools Board of Education, incumbents Robert Kelly, Daniel Petek and Diane Thomas will face challenger Christopher Wolny.

Medina County Educational Service Center Board

For the three seats up for election on the Medina County Educational Service Center Board, incumbents Amanda Armstrong, Janice Good and Daniel Shumaker are running unopposed.


A portion of voters who live in Granger precinct C and Sharon precinct B will vote on a five-year, 5.9-mill levy for the Medina City School District.

Editor’s note: For more information on candidates running for Akron City Council, Cuyahoga Falls City Council, Norton City Council and Barberton Municipal Court clerk, see “Candidates file for September Primary” in the June 20, 2013, edition or visit our archives at www.akron.com.

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