New member selected for Cuyahoga Falls City Council

Rachel Loza chosen to fill spot vacated by Drew Reilly


Editor’s note: This story was updated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19.  An earlier version of this article stated that the Riverfront YMCA at 544 Broad Blvd. was closed. The Riverfront YMCA is currently open and operating.

CUYAHOGA FALLS — City Council is now operating at full strength again.

The Summit County Democratic Party’s Central Committee for the city’s Ward 1 on Monday appointed Rachel Loza to serve as the new Ward 1 City Council member. Loza was the only nominee at the meeting that took place at the High Bridge Glens Park pavilion.

“I just want to say thank you and I look forward to serving Ward 1,” said Loza following her appointment.

Loza replaces Drew Reilly, who resigned from the Ward 1 seat last month because he and his family have moved to Stow. She said Reilly contacted her about taking over his council post.

“I just have a passion for our community and I have three young kids and I want to see our town thrive for everybody,” said Loza, who added she’s lived in the city for 10 years.

Loza is a freelance digital content creator, and has worked at the Riverfront YMCA for the past four years as a cycling instructor and a child care provider. Loza said she previously worked at Time Warner Cable for 10 years in business sales and as a technical support group trainer. She added she stayed home following the birth of her second child, but then started working at the YMCA as a preschool gymnastics teacher, which led into other roles in child care and cycling instruction.

Reilly said he met Loza during his first campaign for council.

“She’s been on my radar ever since,” stated Reilly. “I have no worries leaving the ward in her hands. I know she’s going to do a great job.”

Loza will serve for the remainder of the term, which expires Dec. 31, 2021. To retain the seat beyond the end of 2021, Loza would have to run for and be elected to the post in the November 2021 election. 

Ward council seats carry two-year terms.

Council is now on its summer recess. Its next scheduled meeting is Sept. 14.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421,, or on Twitter at @keren_phil. 

New Ward 1 Cuyahoga Falls City Council member Rachel Loza is sworn into office by Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters on Monday evening at High Bridge Glens Park. The Summit County Democratic Party's Central Committee for the city's Ward 1 appointed Loza to replace Drew Reilly, who stepped down because he and his family have moved to Stow.