Elections in Stow will look different this year.
This will be the first year for no primary in Stow, which previously kept the number of candidates for council’s ward seats to two and a maximum of six for at-large posts in the nonpartisan elections. Voters approved that change in 2017.
The biggest impact most likely will be the change in the look of city council, with term limits going into effect this year. Five of the seven councilmembers are facing term limits at the end of their terms this year and cannot seek re-election. The only councilmember not term-limited this year is Ward 4 Councilman Bob Adaska. Newly appointed Ward 2 rep Sindi Harrison can run for election to keep that post. She was appointed after the previous Ward 2 council member, Jim Costello, was appointed to a vacant at-large post created after John Pribonic won election to the unexpired term of mayor.
Also up for election this year will be the mayor’s seat and the law director’s post; the finance director’s job also will be on the ballot, as John Baranek is also facing term limits.
According to the Summit County Board of Elections, petitions have been pulled for the following seats:
Stow City Council At-Large: Mario Fiocca, Cyle Feldman and Jeremy Mcintyre. All three had applied for the post earlier this year to fill the vacancy.
Stow City Council Ward 2: Thompson McKinney
Stow City Council Ward 3: Stephen Hailer
Stow City Council Ward 4: Bob Adaska
In Munroe Falls, the November election will select a mayor as well as the Ward 2 and two at-large council seats.
Three seats will be up for election on Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education.
No petitions have been pulled for other Stow posts, the board of education or Munroe Falls posts.
The filing deadline for those interested in any of the cities’ and board of education seats is Aug. 7. All certified candidates will move forward to the November election.