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Norton City Council, at large

11/3/2011 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Three to be elected

Danny Grether
Danny Grether

Personal information: Grether is married and has one child.

Age: 38

Resident of: Norton

Education: Barberton High School (1991); Hondros College, real estate (2003); Stark State College, leadership (2005); A.S., University of Phoenix (UP), business management (2009); working toward a B.A., UP, business management/operations

Profession: Currently, manager-quality assurance, manufacturing (three years)

Professional activities: Chairman, Norton Board of Zoning Appeals (February 2010-present)

What makes you the best candidate?

“I began my professional career in the manufacturing sector and worked my way up into management roles at an early age. I currently have over twenty years of experience in one of America’s oldest sectors, manufacturing. While I have spent the last fifteen years in management and leadership roles, I have developed a diverse understanding of each department and how they work together in the operations of business. In 2003 I took a part-time interest in real estate and earned my Ohio real estate license. During this time, I was awarded top agent for my office and was named Million-Dollar producer in my first year. I returned my license in 2009 to focus more on my business degree. During my time in real estate I learned the importance of protecting property values through better community services, better schools and building/zoning codes or ordinances. It is these same experiences that make me the candidate of choice for City Council at Large.”

Dennis McGlone
Dennis McGlone

Personal information: McGlone is married and has three children.

Age: 54

Resident of: Norton

Education: B.S., The University of Akron, computer science (1980)

Profession: Currently, real estate salesman, Rubber City Realty (two years); formerly, Ward 2 representative, Norton City Council (2002-09, former president, vice president); retired, computer systems payroll administrator, Summit County Fiscal Office (32 years)

Professional activities: Democratic Precinct Committee member for Ward 2B; formerly, member, Norton City Council committees

What makes you the best candidate?

“I have lived in Norton all of my married life and raised my three children here. Therefore, I have a vested interest in this city and its future. I have spent eight years representing the people of this community. It is my goal to continue to do that again. I have made myself available to the citizens of Norton when I was Ward 2 Councilman. I have listened fairly and objectively and have made decisions in the past based on what I felt were the best at the given time. I have stood strong in my own convictions and voted independent of my peers based on the facts. I have the experience of what it takes to be a Norton Councilman and that’s what makes me the best candidate.”

Jim Pekarek
Jim Pekarek

Personal information: Pekarek is divorced and has one child.

Age: 37

Resident of: Norton

Education: A.S., The University of Akron (UA), criminal justice technology, (2001); B.A., UA, American politics (major), pre-law/international politics (minor)

Profession: Currently, acting supervisor/letter carrier, U.S. Postal Service (16 years); formerly, senior airman, U.S. Air Force (1997-2005)

Professional activities: Chairman, 2011 Norton Charter Review Committee; chairman, Phi Kappa Fraternity, The University of Akron; member, V.F.W, Post No. 1070; member, Disabled American Veterans; formerly, member, 2005 Norton TACS (Technical Advisory Committee)

What makes you the best candidate?

“Throughout my life experiences, I have asserted myself and obtained many leadership roles. I strive to the best of my ability in everything I undertake. I believe it is my character, commitment, and integrity, which I will bring to our city council. I hope residents will give an opportunity to an individual who has the education, compassion, and drive to become a great representative for the city of Norton. Eight years ago, I decided to make Norton my home. Now, I feel it is time to give back and inspire success in our city. I am very blessed for this opportunity and with your support I will be able to achieve our goals.”

Scott Pelot
Scott Pelot

Personal information: Incumbent Pelot is married and has three children and one grandchild.

Age: 45

Resident of: Norton

Education: Wadsworth High School (1985); A.S., Hammel College, accounting (1987)

Profession: Currently, at-large representative, Norton City Council (2004-present, current president); currently, materials manager, Pro Tech Communications (two years); formerly, manager of scheduling, inventory control and global logistics, Hygenic Corp. (21 years)

Professional activities: Chairman, Norton City Council Economic Development Committee, Personal & Rules Committee; vice chair, Norton City Council Planning Committee; member, Norton City Council Utilities Committee; formerly, member, Norton Planning Commission (2003)

What makes you the best candidate?

“I have been a resident of Norton for over 14 years and I am proud to call Norton my home. As a Councilman I have provided Norton residents with quality representation for eight years. My decisions on Council are both objective and knowledgeable for the enhancement of the community as a whole, not just a select few. I understand the important role quality Schools, Police, Fire and EMS play on the success of Norton and I will continue to support them.

“I believe my time on Council, my accounting degree and professional experience as Materials Manager has provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to continue to grow and enhance Norton’s future. It is essential for us to take ownership of our future by capitalizing on the resources available to us. Business development, infrastructure expansion and top quality schools and safety forces are essential to Norton’s growth and future.

“I offer commitment, dedication, leadership and teamwork to protect your safety and Norton’s future. I pledge to continue to make myself accessible and to work diligently to address your questions and concerns. I respectfully ask for your continued support and Vote on Election Day.”

Dennis Pierson
Dennis Pierson

Personal information: Pierson is single.

Age: 52

Resident of: Norton

Education: Norton High School (1978); studied criminal justice/political science, The University of Akron; B.A., Kent State University, marketing; planning on beginning M.B.A. program at Kent State University, January 2012

Profession: Currently, self-employed, manufactures representative for safety services equipment; formerly, partner, North Coast Safety Equipment; formerly, partner, West Hollywood Lanes; formerly, driver, teamsters member, food services division, F.W. Albrecht Grocery Co. (Acme) (20 years)

Professional activities: None provided

What makes you the best candidate?

“I’ve been a life long resident of this city and believe I understand why people enjoy this community. It is the tradition of local government taking care of the basics while leaving the residents to enjoy the space and atmosphere this community affords us without intrusions including forcing services on the residents while reaching into their pockets. This tradition has gone awry starting about four years ago.

“I have an understanding of financial matters, a degree and practical business experience, including running my own businesses. This gives me an advantage to better represent Norton residents over the incumbents running for Council At Large as I will be informed and prepared. In addition, years of experience in the bidding process dealing with hundreds of municipalities up to the state level affords me a broad understanding of what it will take to bring Norton’s financial house in order with our current revenue.

“I believe a practical and open approach to our local government with prudent spending of Norton Families tax dollars is what this city needs. In other words, the responsibility is to the residents and their hard earned income and property tax dollars and not the business of a few interested in growing local government.” [Exceeded stated word limit.]

Charlotte Whipkey

Personal information: Whipkey is divorced and has one child.

Age: 58

Resident of: Norton

Education: attended, Norton High School, Copley High School; GED (1983); attended, Stark State College of Technology, medical; A.S., Kaplan University, paralegal studies (summa cum laude) (2010); attending Kaplan University to attain a B.A. in paralegal studies

Profession: Currently, self-employed, dog groomer (18 years); formerly, groomer, Pro Clip Grooming and self (three years); formerly, office worker. Bonner & Buzzelli (four years); formerly, factory worker, Bearfoot Sole (five-seven years)

Professional activities: Attend various Norton city meetings

What makes you the best candidate?

“It is the duty of an elected representative to research proposals and legislation that affects the public before voting on it; for approximately eight years, I have attended City meetings where I have questioned and presented credible facts previously overlooked and/or unmentioned. I do not believe in relaying only information that one wants to hear; I am going to tell the facts even when the information is not going to be well received. If I do not know an answer, I will say so and do my best at attaining it. How else can a voter or representative make an informed decision at the polls or from an elected position?

“I have demonstrated where I stand with Charter Amendments created for the citizens to have greater influence in municipal events. I have not been groomed by the Administration or a political/special interest group. I pursued a higher education in order to better understand political and legislative matters to serve the people more effectively.

“I am not the campaigner some would like to see, but I do not feel it is proper to politically assault the public to garner votes at entertainment events and I refuse to invade that space.”

Editor’s note: Brian Smith, a candidate for Norton City Council at large, did not submit information to be included in the Voter Guide.

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