Macedonia -- Former four-term Mayor Joseph Migliorini has announced he is seeking election to the office he last held in 2001.

"After heavily considering the decision to once again run for office as the mayor of the city of Macedonia, and having received several phone calls and support from numerous residents encouraging me to return to lead our community, I have filed my petitions with the Summit County Board of Elections to run for the office of mayor during the next general election," Migliorini said in a prepared statement.

According to the Summit County Board of Elections, Migliorini filed his petitions July 9. The filing deadline is Aug. 5.

Councilor Sylvia Hanneken and former Councilman Michael Miller have pulled petitions in the mayor's race, but had not filed as of press time. Miller also pulled petitions for city Council, but can only file for one office, according to the Board of Elections.

Mayor Don Kuchta told the News Leader July 24 he has not decided whether to seek reelection.

Migliorini served as Macedonia's mayor for four terms between 1988 and 2001, when he accepted a position as the Director of Economic Development for Summit County until his retirement in 2005.

Migliorini said he has remained active in the community, serving on the Charter Review Commission this year, which recommended six proposed amendments to the city charter. Those amendments will also appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

He also served as the director and chairman of the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, an organization that represents communities in bargaining for lower gas and electric prices.

Migliorini, who owns several buildings within the city, including Macedonia Plaza I and II, Center Pointe Plaza and the Macedonia Professional Building, said he is "proud to have invested in this great city where I have chosen to live and raise my family."

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