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Candidates file for November General Election - WSL

8/27/2009 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Collins

Nov. 3 ballot full for area voters

SUMMIT/MEDINA COUNTIES — The Summit and Medina counties boards of elections filing deadline for candidates running for some nonpartisan races for the Nov. 3 General Election was Aug. 20.

The following is a rundown of candidates who filed. At presstime, both boards of elections were in the process of certifying the candidates. For more information, visit the Web sites of the Summit County Board of Elections at www.summitcountyboe.com or the Medina County Board of Elections at www.co.medina.oh.us/election/elect.htm.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Bath

Longtime Bath Township Trustee Don Jenkins, who took office in 1998, did not file to run for re-election to the Bath Board of Trustees. Fellow Trustee Jim Nelson, who took office the same year Jenkins did, will face challengers Nadine Clar, Becky Corbett, Darrin Kert and James King for the two seats up for election this November.

Boston

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

Copley

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

Fairlawn

Three Fairlawn City Council seats will be up for election this November. In Ward 1, incumbent James Butler will face challenger Despina Mulrooney, while Ward 5 incumbent Susan Sullivan will face challenger Nicholas Kostoff.

Ward 3 City Councilman Bryan Nace is unopposed in the election.

Peninsula

All four Peninsula Village Council members who are up for re-election this November are unopposed. No candidates filed to run against incumbents Doug Anderson, Mary Johnston Booth, Charlie Moyer and Dan Schneider.

Richfield Township

For the two seats up for election on the Richfield Township Board of Trustees, incumbents Laurie Peters Gilmore and David Wyatt will face challenger Mark Totten.

Richfield Village

All four candidates running for Richfield Village Council are unopposed, as four seats are up for election this November. On the ballot will be incumbents Bobbie Beshara and John Ciolkevich, as well as candidates Andy Ellis and Hank Novak. Council members Barb Lanford and Rick Hudak cannot run for re-election due to term limits.

Boards of education

Akron Public Schools Board of Education: Fourteen candidates filed to run for the four seats up for election this November. Jason Haas was the only incumbent to file for re-election. Board members James Hardy, Linda Omobien, who is running for an Akron City Council at-large seat, and Shelia Smith did not file for re-election.

Besides Haas, the candidates include: Bruce Alexander, Cynthia Alkire, Ginger Baylor, Gwen Poole-Chambers, Gloria Harris-Willis, Rita Hosch, Robin Lombardi, Lisa Mansfield, Virgil Anthony Ortiz, Cheryl Shavers, Dianna Smith, Maryanne Stone and Mexie Wilson.

Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education: Incumbents Charles Dressler, John Trecaso and Sue Emich will face Robert Campbell, Joyce Johnson and Jessica Vargo for the three seats up for election this November.

Norton City Schools Board of Education: Incumbents Diane Farmer, Laura Leonti and Cindy Webel are running unopposed for the three seats up for election.

Revere Local Schools Board of Education: For the two seats up for election, incumbent Christopher Kotsoff will face challengers Claudia Mendat Hower and George Seifert in November. Board member Matt Wracher did not file for re-election.

Summit County Educational Service Center Board (unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2011): Chris Wells is running unopposed for the unexpired term. Jennifer Troyer did not file to run for re-election.

Summit County Educational Service Center Board: Incumbents Alyce Simmons Altwies, Susan Lobalzo and Dow Wolfe III are running unopposed.

Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education: Incumbents Marilyn Hansen, Melissa Wilkinson and Tammy Heffernan will face challengers Jan Flasco and Frank Nikic for the two seats up for election.

Issues

Akron: A proposed charter amendment change to the city of Akron’s charter to change the signature requirements for a recall petition.

Copley: A proposed 2-mill, three-year replacement levy for the Copley Police Department.

Norton: A proposed charter amendment to the city of Norton’s charter to allow Norton City Council to sell or dispose of no longer needed municipal property.

Norton City Schools District: A proposed 6.98-mill, 37-year bond issue to raise $42.3 million for the construction of district buildings and a proposed 2-mill levy for the financing of permanent improvements.

MEDINA COUNTY

Granger

For the two seats up for election on the Granger Board of Trustees, incumbent Teri Berry will face challengers Jeff Duale, Norma McCune and Richard Pace. Longtime Trustee William Riebau Jr., who is completing his third term, did not file for re-election.

Sharon

In Sharon, voters will vote for three candidates for the Sharon Board of Trustees, with one seat being an unexpired term. Incumbents Raymond Lurtz and Kimberly Bolas Miller will face challengers James Berry and John Winland for two of the seats.

For the unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2011, incumbent Brian Guccion will face James Robertson and Ken Throckmorton.

Voters also will vote for fiscal officer. Incumbent Michael George is unopposed in the election.

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 Nancy Wingenbach will face challenger Joseph Duale.

Issues

Granger: A 0.5-mill, five-year renewal levy for road maintenance and a 1.5-mill, five-year renewal levy for fire protection.

Highland Local Schools District: A proposed 7.9-mill levy for operations.

Sharon: A question to voters to allow for the Sharon Board of Trustees to spend money in excess of $10,000 on proposed improvements to the town hall.

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