Five hopefuls have thrown their hats in the ring for the job of Stow Municipal Court clerk to be decided at the November election.

The deadline for filing petitions was March 8 for the unexpired term which will end Dec. 31, 2021. Diana Colavecchio, the former clerk, resigned the clerk of courts position late last month after being appointed as the community development director for the city of Cuyahoga Falls.

On March 5, Stow Law Director Amber Zibritosky was appointed to the clerk’s position by the Summit County Democratic Party’s Central Committee and sworn in to her new post that night. Zibritosky was appointed law director in 2014 and was elected law director in 2015.

Filing petitions are Zibritosky, 34, of Stow; Steve Stahl, 63, of Munroe Falls; Jeff Iula, 66, of Cuyahoga Falls; Traci Cirullo, 51, of Cuyahoga Falls; and Bradford Chapman, 26, of Cuyahoga Falls.

Four of the five hopefuls already work in the municipal court.

Stahl served as the Ward 3 Munroe Falls City Council member from 2010 through 2017, and was the city's police chief from 1982 through February 2005. He works as a probation officer for the Stow Municipal Court.

Iula has served as an At Large Cuyahoga Falls City Council member since 2010 and is also on the Schnee Learning Center Board of Directors. The learning center is located in Cuyahoga Falls.

Cirullo has served as the bailiff for Stow Municipal Court Judge Lisa Coates since 2004. She also worked for Diana Zaleski in the clerk of courts office at Summit County Common Pleas Court and for Judge Judith Hunter in Summit County Juvenile Court.

Chapman said he is in his final semester at the University of Akron School of Law, and has worked as a bailiff and law clerk in the Stow Municipal Court for the last five years.

Joe Masich, director of the board of elections, said his office requested an opinion from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office to determine the filing deadline for the unexpired clerk’s term in November. In an opinion it issued last month, the prosecutor’s office determined that state law stipulated the filing deadline was no later than 10 days after the clerk’s position had been vacated, making the deadline March 8.

The board is scheduled to certify the petitions on April 9.

After this race, the election for a full, six-year term will occur in November 2021.

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