While one city’s race may be unopposed to select its leader, the other city’s race is looking to be a contentious battle.
In Stow, Mayor John Pribonic was the only person filing for his present post by Wednesday’s deadline. Pribonic was elected last November to fill out the unexpired term of former Mayor Sara Drew, after she resigned to take a position in Cuyahoga Falls. Pribonic is seeking re-election to the mayor’s job for a full four-year term.
Neigboring Munroe Falls, however, could have a contested race for mayor between incumbent Mayor James Armstrong seeking his second term and City Councilman Mike Barnes.
Barnes filed a public records lawsuit against the city and Armstrong in August 2018, which led to the city and Armstrong filing a counterclaim against Barnes. The case was settled last month.
All petitions filed by Wednesday’s deadline must be certified by the Summit County Board of Elections before their names can be placed on the ballot; the board says it will do the certification on Aug. 19.
Anyone interested in being a write-in candidate must file by 4 p.m. on Aug. 26.
The positions of finance director, law director and five of the seven city council posts are all term limited out this year. The only council seats not facing term limits are Ward 2 and Ward 4.
In Ward 2, incumbent Sindi Harrison, who was appointed earlier this year to the post, filed petitions as did James Andrassy, Tom McKinney and Chuck Obendorf.
In Ward 4, incumbent Bob Adaska did not file for re-election. Seeking the seat are Mario Fiocca and Denise Tonelli.
Filing for the Ward 1 seat are Dennis D. Altieri and David Licate, who is not seeking re-election to his board of education seat.
In Ward 3, Steve Hailer was the only one filing petitions.
Six hopefuls filed for the three at-large council seats that will be up for election: Cyle Feldman, Jeremy McIntire, Traci Person, Brad Ruth, Christina Shaw and Kelly Toppin, who also is not seeking re-election to his board of education seat.
For finance director, Council member Jim Costello and Elgie M. Underwood filed their petitions. For law director, three filed petitions: Susan K. Steinhauer, Jaime Marie Syx and Dan J. Weisenburger.
Three filed petitions seeking election to the two at-large seats: Incumbent John Hegnauer, John Impellizzeri and Frank Larson, who is the former mayor of the city. At-large Councilwoman Jenny Markovich is not seeking re-election.
In Ward 2, incumbent Chris Ritzinger and James D. Smith have both filed for the post.
The two At-Large positions that are not up for election are held by Barnes and Jim Iona. Wards 1 (Gary Toth) and 3 (Allen Mavrides) in Munroe Falls also are not up for election this fall.
Board of Education
With three seats on November’s ballot, five hopefuls are throwing their hats in the ring: Nancy Brown, incumbent Lisa Johnson-Bowers, Eddie W. Norman and Jessica A. Wright, all of Stow, and Antoinette East-Jenkins of Munroe Falls.
In Stow, as of Wednesday, two charter amendments are slated for the November ballot, with city council considering a third.
One amendment would deal with the composition and term limits of the planning commission; the other would require voter approval prior to entering into any agreement that would transfer control of the Safety Services Communication Center from the city of Stow to a regional or multi-agency control.
In Stow 3-C, Northeast Siam LLC, doing business as Bangkok Thai Restaurant, is seeking approval for the sale of wine and mixed beverages as an applicant for a D-2 liquor permit. The business is also seeking approval of the sale of wine and mixed beverages on Sunday between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight.
At the county level, the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is requesting renewal of its 2.96 mill levy to provide mental health and recovery programs for children, adults, and families and for the acquisition, construction, renovation, financing, maintenance and operation of the ADM board facilities.
Summit County is also seeking voter approval of three charter amendments: To create an Equal Employment Opportunity Administrator under the authority of the Human Resource Commission; to allow County Council to set its own rules, including its order of business and the identity, term and procedure for electing its officers; and to provide for a uniform process for filling vacancies in county elected offices, other than the Court of Common Pleas, both before and after 120 days before a general election.