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Candidates file for May Primary

2/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Collins

SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — Summit and Medina county voters will see county, state and federal candidates on the May 6 Primary Election ballot.

Feb. 5 was the Summit and Medina counties’ Board of Elections filing deadline for some candidates for the Primary, as well as the Ohio Secretary of State’s deadline.

The following is a rundown of the races and issues that will appear on the May ballot. If only one Republican and one Democrat filed in a race, the two candidates will face off in the Nov. 4 General Election.

For a complete listing of races, visit the Summit County BOE’s website at www.summitcountyboe.com, the Medina County BOE’s website at www.boe.co.medina.oh.us or the Ohio Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.oh.us.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Judges

In the race for the 9th District Court of Appeals judge seat, incumbent Democrat Eve Belfance will face Republican challenger Julie Schafer, who was elected as an Akron Municipal Court judge this past November.

Seven Summit County Common Pleas judgeships are also up for election this year.

Incumbent Republican Tammy O’Brien will face Democrat Ron Cable for the seat she has held since 2011.

Republican incumbent Lynne Callahan will face Democrat Tavia Baxter Galonski for the seat she has held since 2009.

Republican incumbent Alison McCarty will face Democrat Lisa Dean for the seat she’s held since 2009.

Democratic incumbent Mary Margaret Rowlands will face Republican Beth Whitmore, who has been a 9th District Court of Appeals judge for the past 15 years. Rowland has held the seat since 2009. 

Incumbent Christine Croce, a Republican who was appointed to the Common Pleas seat this past November after the retirement of Judge Judy Hunter, will face Democrat John Clark.

Incumbent Republican Tom Parker, who has held the seat since 2009, will face Democrat Rob McCarty.

Incumbent Republican Jane Davis will face Democrat Jon Oldham, who lost election to Akron Municipal Court this past November by 16 votes to incumbent Judge Katarina Cook. Davis was appointed this past July to the seat formerly held by Elinore Marsh Stormer, who won election as Summit County Probate Court judge in November 2012.

Cook, a Republican, is challenging Democratic incumbent John Quinn to the Domestic Relations Court seat he has held since 2003.

Stormer, a Democrat, is facing a challenge to her Probate Court seat by Republican Kandi O’Connor, who unsuccessfully ran for Stow Municipal Court judge this past November.

Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, a Democrat who has held the seat since 2003, is facing a challenge by Republican Jill Flagg Lanzinger, who ran unsuccessfully for Barberton Municipal Court judge this past November.

Summit County Council at large

Three Summit County Council at-large seats are up for election this year. Five Democrats and five Republicans have filed and will face off in May.

Democratic incumbents Sandra Kurt and Ilene Shapiro will face challengers Daniel Congrove, a former County Council member; John Donofrio, former county fiscal officer; and Michael Wheeler, a Richfield Village Councilman.

Republican incumbent Bill Roemer will face challengers Carl Crew I; Gary Hagen; Jeff Iula, an at-large Cuyahoga Falls Councilman; and Debbie Walsh.

Local state races

Three current Summit County Council members are running against Ohio House incumbents this year.

For the District 34 seat, Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale (District 4) will face off with Emilia Sykes, daughter of current District 34 state Rep. Vernon Sykes, who is term limited, in the Democratic Primary. The winner will face Republican Cynthia Blake in November. District 34 includes West Akron, Northwest Akron, North Akron and Downtown Akron.

Current District 36 state Rep. Anthony DeVitis, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Summit County Councilwoman Paula Prentice (District 8), a Democrat, and Libertarian David Higgins in November. District 36 includes Cuyahoga Falls.

Longtime Summit County Councilman Tim Crawford (District 7), a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Republican Marilyn Slaby for the District 38 seat. District 38 represents the western portion of Summit County, including Bath, Boston, Copley, Fairlawn, Norton, Peninsula and Richfield.

In the District 37 race, Republican incumbent Kristina Roegner is facing a challenge by Democrat David Worhatch in November. District 37 includes Ward 8 in Cuyahoga Falls.

Incumbent District 27 state Sen. Frank LaRose, a Republican, will face challenger Caleb Davenport in the Republican Primary. The winner will face Democrat George Rusiska in November. District 27 includes Bath, Copley, Fairlawn, Norton and Richfield.

State central committee races

Five state central committee races will be decided in the May Primary. A candidate from each party will be elected.

For the 27th state central committeeman seat, the candidates include: former Summit County Councilman Pete Crossland, a Democrat, and Republicans Scott Sigel and Bryan C. Williams.

For the 27th state central committeewoman seat, the candidates include: Democrat Sara Drew and Republicans Lauren LaRose and Beth Williams.

For the 28th state central committeeman seat, the candidates include: Democrats Frank Comunale, John Otterman, Summit County Executive Russell Pry and District 2 Summit County Councilman John Schmidt; and Republicans James Simon and Matthew Smartnick.

For the 28th state central committeewoman seat, the candidates include: Democrats Lucille Johnson-Humphrey, Heather Licata, Ilene Shapiro and Mary Starbuck; and Republican Debbie Walsh.

For the 13th member of the state central committee for the Libertarian Party, the only candidate who filed was John Fockler.

Local issues

Voters will see the following issues on the ballot:

  • a 10-year, 10.87-mill renewal operating levy for the Woodridge Local School District; and
  • a five-year, 0.75-mill renewal levy for Bath Township parks.

MEDINA COUNTY

Voters in Sharon and Granger will see a number of county races on the ballot.

One county commissioner seat is up for election. Republican incumbent Adam Friedrick will face Democrat Elisa Kazek in November.

For the county auditor’s race, incumbent Democrat Mike Kovack will face Republican Keith Dirham in November.

For Medina County Common Pleas Court judge, Republicans Mike Callow and Gary Werner will face off in May. The winner will face Democrat Joyce Kimbler, the wife of current Common Pleas Judge James Kimbler, who is retiring.

For Juvenile/Probate Court judge, Republican incumbent Kevin Dunn will face Democrat David Sheldon in November.

With incumbent Republican William Batchelder term limited and reportedly retiring, three candidates have filed for the District 69 state representative seat. Republicans Steve Hambley, a county commissioner, and Chris Sawicki will face off in May. The winner will face Democrat Richard Javorek in November.

Medina voters also will vote for one candidate from each party for state central committeeman and committeewoman.

For committeeman, the candidates include Democrats Nicholas Hanek and Joseph Mudra and Republicans Dan Drockton Sr. and Jim Woods.

For committeewoman, the candidates include Democrat Paula Watson and Republican Sharon Ray.

 

STATE RACES

Five state seats are up for election this year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican, is unopposed in the Primary and will face Libertarian Steven Linnabary and Democrat David Pepper in November.

In the state auditor’s race, Republican incumbent David Yost also is unopposed in the Primary and will face challengers Democrat John Carney and Libertarian Robert Coogan in November.

In the governor’s race, two Democrats — Larry Ealy (with running mate Ken Gray) and Edward FitzGerald (with running mate Sharen Neuhardt) — will face off in May. The winner will face Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich (with running mate Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor), Libertarian Charles Earl (with running mate Sherry Clark) and the Green Party’s Dennis Spisak (with running mate Suzanne Patzer) in November.

Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, will face Libertarian Aaron Harris and Democrat Nina Turner in November.

State Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican, is unopposed in the Primary and will face Libertarian Marc Feldman and Democrat Connie Pillich in November.

Two Ohio Supreme Court judge seats are up for election and will face off in November. Incumbent Republican Judi French will face Democrat John O’Donnell, and incumbent Republican Sharon Kennedy will face Democrat Tom Letson.

 

FEDERAL RACES

Voters also will see several congressional candidates on the ballot.

Residents living in District 11, which includes West Akron, Bath, Fairlawn and Richfield, will see Democratic incumbent Marcia Fudge and Republican Mark Zetzer on the ballot.

The District 13 race will be won in the Democratic Primary, unless an Independent candidate files by the May 5 deadline. Incumbent Tim Ryan will face fellow Democrat John Luchansky in May. No other candidates filed. District 13 includes Akron in the area surrounding Downtown Akron, as well as the area north of the city, including parts of West Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, and Peninsula and Boston.

In the District 14 race, Republican incumbent David Joyce will face Matt Lynch in the Republican Primary in May. The winner will face Democrat Michael Wager and Libertarian David Macko in November. District 14 includes a portion of Ward 8 in Cuyahoga Falls.

Two Democrats will face off in the District 16 race in May — Pete Crossland and James Donenwirth. The winner will face Republican incumbent Jim Renacci in November. District 16 includes Copley, Norton, Granger and Sharon.

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