Battaglia will run for
Portage commission
Angelo Battaglia is tossing his hat in the ring again. Battaglia has declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the county commission seat now held by Republican Tommie Jo Marsilio.
The owner of Battaglia Construction is the second to declare in the race, following county Treasurer Vicki Kline. Candidates have until Feb. 6 to file petitions for the spring primary.
Battaglia’s first try for political office came in 2012 when he competed against Commissioner Maureen Frederick for the party nod. Frederick won the primary but Battaglia scored 37.5 percent of the vote in his first race, ever.
Battaglia said he “has nothing bad to say about anybody” on the three-person commission.
“I’d just like the opportunity to show what I can do,” he said. “I’m no mud slinger. I think when you do that you ruin your own integrity,” he said.
— Mike Sever, Record-Courier
Democrats to name
coroner’s successor
Leaders of the Democratic Party of Portage County will meet in January to pick an interim successor to county Coroner Roger Marcial, who resigned his office effective Dec. 31.
The unexpired two years of Dr. Marcial’s term will be filled by whoever wins the November 2014 general election. The Central Executive Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Ravenna Elks.
Craig Stephens, chairman of the county Democratic Party, said any county resident who is a medical physician can apply in writing. Applications must be received by mail at Box 729, Ravenna 44266 or by email to Stephens or party secretary Cindy Greene at or be hand delivered to Stephens’ office at 206 S. Meridian St., Ravenna, no later than 4 p.m. Jan. 9.
The central executive committee also will select a person to be recommended to the Ohio secretary of state for appointment to the Portage County Board of Elections, a post currently held by Pat Nelson, who has applied for-reappointment. Applications for also are due by the Jan. 9 deadline.
— Mike Sever, Record-Courier
Way paved for razing
school in Twinsburg
After months of negotiations with city administrators, members of Architectural Review Board voted unanimously Dec. 12 to approve a certificate of appropriateness that allows for demolition of the 44,000-square-foot, city-owned Old School at Darrow and East Aurora roads in Twinsburg.
No timeline has been set by the city for demolition, which the city has advocated to make way for future downtown redevelopment and because administration officials say the facility has become cost-prohibitive to maintain.
The Old School Committee, a citizens’ grass-roots organization, hopes to see the city preserve the facility for its historical significance — the building sits on the site of the first centralized school in Twinsburg — and its ability to be a useful, iconic anchor.
“We can leave it up, we can take it down, we can leave part of it up,” said planning and development director Larry Finch. “This action enables us to move on with confidence that whatever we do, we’ll be able to actually execute.”
— Conner Howard, reporter