The November election is shaping up for Tallmadge city and school board races.

Wednesday was the deadline for petitions to be filed for board of education seats.  Filing their petitions for the two seats up for election were incumbents Christine Cipa and Jennifer Justice-Carter.

According to the Summit County Board of Elections, petitions will be certified Aug. 16; petitions must be certified before an individual can be placed on the ballot. The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate for the school board seats is 4 p.m.on Aug. 26.

Candidates for mayor, law director, finance director and city council filed their petitions in February and will be on the November ballot.

With no opposition, Mayor David Kline will return for his third full term. Kline was appointed mayor in 2010 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 and will be unopposed in their return to their posts.

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 will appear as a nonpartisan candidate on the November 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.


One city issue will be on the November ballot — a proposed increase to the Municipal Income Tax, taking it from 2 percent to 2.25 percent. The levy would provide funding for fire/EMS and police protection and related safety services for a continuing period of time.

At the county level, the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is requesting renewal of its 2.96 mill levy to provide mental health and recovery programs for children, adults, and families and for the acquisition, construction, renovation, financing, maintenance and operation of the ADM board facilities.

Summit County is also seeking voter approval of three charter amendments: To create an Equal Employment Opportunity Administrator under the authority of the Human Resource Commission; to allow County Council to set its own rules, including its order of business and the identity, term and procedure for electing its officers; and to provide for a uniform process for filling vacancies in county elected offices, other than the Court of Common Pleas, both before and after 120 days before a general election.