A Hudson resident who was among five Republican hopefuls who filed to run in the Summit County Council at-large race in the May 8 Primary Election said she is withdrawing from the contest.
Kerri Lynn Keller submitted a letter to the Summit County Board of Elections on Friday stating she wished "to withdraw my candidacy for Summit County Council At-Large." A board official said Keller’s withdrawal notice needs to be approved by the board at its next meeting Feb. 20, which is also the day the board will certify petitions for all hopefuls running in the primary.
Keller told the Hub-Times she had decided not to run in advance of the filing deadline, but added, "I didn’t notify one of the people who was collecting signatures on my behalf."
That person then "inadvertently filed" the paperwork with the Board of Elections, according to Keller, who noted she had given the person permission to collect signatures for her. The filing deadline for the May primary was Feb. 7.
Keller said she changed her mind about running because she felt she "had too much on my plate with work and my kids. I decided now’s not the right time."
There are three seats up for election this fall in the County Council at-large race. The other four Republicans who filed for the race are: Cynthia D. Blake of Akron, Nicholas Robert DeVitis of Tallmadge, Bethany Amie McKenney of Akron and Michael B. Washington of Cuyahoga Falls.
If those four GOP hopefuls have their petitions certified on Feb. 20, the top three vote-getters in the May primary will advance to the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.
A trio of Democratic incumbents — Clair E. Dickinson, John A. Donofrio and Elizabeth Walters — all filed to run for re-election in the County Council at-large race. If their petitions are certified, they will advance to the Nov. 6 ballot.
Hudson voters will be asked to approve re-designating funds for fire, EMS
Hudson voters on May 8 also will weigh in on re-designating a percentage of income tax money set aside for the city’s fire department and EMS.
Jody Roberts, the city’s communications manager, previously said the proposal is a "reallocation (of) current taxes" and is not a new tax.
When the city income tax rate was increased by voters from 1 percent to 2 percent in 2004, 15 percent of the additional 1 percent was designated for funding the fire department and 9 percent was earmarked for EMS.
The May ballot issue, if approved, would stipulate that a combined 24 percent of the 1 percent increase fund both fire and EMS. Council would then have "the discretion to appropriate on an annual basis funding from that 24 percent between the two safety services," according to the language of the ordinance passed by Council.
If approved, the re-designation of funds would start on July 1, according to the ballot language.
Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.