TALLMADGE — It looks like Mayor David Kline will continue as the leader of the city.
According to the Summit County Board of Elections, Kline was the sole hopeful to enter the primary race for Tallmadge mayor. The filing deadline was Wednesday for partisan and independent candidates. Those interested in being a write-in candidate have until 4 p.m. Feb. 25 to file.
Kline, mayor since 2010, is seeking his third full term in the mayor’s office. Concluding his State of the City address at The Venue last month, Kline said he had pulled petitions with the intention of asking "Tallmadge residents if they still want me as their mayor."
Kline was appointed mayor after Christopher Grimm, who had been the Tallmadge mayor since 1995, stepped down. Kline was elected to fill the last year of Grimm’s term in November 2010 and subsequently elected to four-year terms in both 2011 and 2015.
The city’s current finance director, Mollie Gilbride, and law director, Megan E. Raber, both Democrats, also filed petitions seeking re-election. Raber has led the city’s law department since 2012 and Gilbride since 2016.
Craig B. Sisak, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to the Ward 1 Tallmadge City Council seat.
Jeffrey S. Rettberg filed as a Democrat candidate for the Ward 2 City Council seat currently filled by Independent Rebecca Stalnaker Allman. Allman has filed petitions to appear as a nonpartisan candidate on the November General Election ballot.
In Ward 3, present City Council representative Mary E. Tricaso, a Democrat, faces a challenge from Republican Jonathon D. Bollas.
Current City Council President Carol Siciliano-Kilway, a Democrat who represents Ward 4, is unopposed.
All nominating petitions and issues must be certified before being placed on the ballot; they are slated to be certified on Feb. 19, according to a spokesperson for the Summit County Board of Elections.
Reporter Ellin Walsh can be reached at 330-541-9419, firstname.lastname@example.org or @EllinWalsh_RPC.