A total of 12 people have pulled petitions to run for Stow City Council this fall.
It is safe to say that there will be plenty of new faces on council following the November election. That’s because five of the seven council members are facing term limits at the end of their terms this year and cannot seek re-election. The only council member 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.
Also up for election this year will be the mayor’s seat, the law director’s post and the finance director’s job. The latter two seats will be filled by new people this year because Law Director Amber Zibritosky was appointed on Tuesday to serve as the new Clerk of Courts for the Stow Municipal Court, and Finance Director John Baranek is facing term limits.
According to the Summit County Board of Elections, here is a list of the hopefuls who have pulled petitions for the various Stow city offices:
• Stow City Council At-Large: Cyle Feldman, Mario Fiocca, Jeremy Mcintyre, Traci Person, Christina Shaw, Janet Tonelli, and Kelly Toppin.
• Stow City Council Ward 1: David Licate.
• Stow City Council Ward 2: Sindi Harrison and Thompson McKinney.
• Stow City Council Ward 3: Stephen Hailer.
• Stow City Council Ward 4: Bob Adaska.
• Stow Mayor: John Pribonic.
As of Wednesday, no one had pulled petitions to run for either law director or finance director, the board official said.
Hailer is the only one on the list who has filed his petitions, according to a board official. Pribonic is serving a one-year term as mayor after he was the only candidate who ran in November to complete the unexpired term of Sara Kline, who resigned from the mayor’s office last May to become the superintendent of the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Department. Licate and Toppin currently serve on the Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education.
Meanwhile, in Munroe Falls, John Impellizzeri has pulled petitions for Munroe Falls City Council At-Large. There are two four-year at-large seats up for election. Those spots are currently held by John Hegnauer and Jenny Markovich.
No one has pulled petitions for the four-year Ward 2 City Council seat or the four-year mayoral post. Chris Ritzinger is the current Ward 2 council member. Munroe Falls Mayor James Armstrong recently announced he would seek re-election in November.
Lisa Johnson-Bowers and Nancy Brown have pulled petitions for the Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education race. There are three four-year seats up for election this year. Those spots are now held by Johnson-Bowers, Licate and Toppin.
The deadline to file for any of these offices is Aug. 7 at 4 p.m.
Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.