Cuyahoga Falls " Two Cuyahoga Falls residents have joined the race for the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court clerk's post.

State Rep. John Widowfield and resident Chris Hamad have both filed their petitions, according to the Summit County Board of Elections.

The deadline for filing petitions is June 28.

Widowfield, a Republican, has served as the District 42 representative since his appointment in 2001. He was re-elected in November 2006 and his term expires at the end of 2008.

Hamad is a Democrat and will go against fellow Democrat Lisa Zeno Carano in a Sept. 11 primary. Zeno Carano was appointed in April to fill former clerk Eric Czetli's seat. Czetli stepped down earlier this year to take a job with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Zeno Carano, a Democrat, left her post as a Tallmadge City Council member to accept the appointment. According to the board of elections, Zeno Carano filed her petitions June 15.

State Sen. Kevin Coughlin (District 27) took out petitions this month for a Republican candidate, but did not specify who would be running. Coughlin's wife Anne was defeated by Czetli in her 2003 bid for the seat.

Zeno Carano is scheduled to serve until a new clerk is elected in November to complete the term which expires Dec. 31, 2009, according to the board of elections. The special primary election will take place Sept. 11 to choose the Democratic candidate. If another Republican files by the deadline, there will also be a primary for that party. The winner in each party's primary would move to the November election.

The court is responsible for receiving and processing court cases from the 16 communities the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court serves: Boston Heights, Boston Township, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, Munroe Falls, Northfield, Northfield Center Township, Peninsula, Reminderville, Sagamore Hills, Silver Lake, Stow, Tallmadge, Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township.

By 2009, the court is expected to relocate from its Second Street location to Steels Corners Road near Route 8 in Stow, and change its name to the Stow Municipal Court.

See www.stowsentry.com for further updates on any additional filings.