Four Democrats seek three at-large Kent council seats in Kent

By Mike Sever | Staff Writer Published:

Kent will have a Democratic primary in the May 7 election. Four candidates filed petitions by Wednesday's deadline for the three at-large council seats up for election in November.

Filing Democratic nominating petitions with the Portage County Board of Elections were incumbents Michael A. DeLeone and Roger B. Sidoti, former councilman Robin Turner and Planning Commission member Melissa M. Long. The top three vote-getters from the May 7 primary will move on to November's election, along with independent candidates who have until May 6 to file for the ballot.

Mayor Jerry Fiala also filed his independent petitions for re-election. At-large Councilman Scott Flynn and businesswoman Doria Daniels have expressed their intentions to run as independents in the November Kent City Council election.

There will not be a primary in Streetsboro for the three at-large council seats up for election in November. By the city charter, seven or more candidates must file for the nonpartisan races before triggering a primary and only six filed by the deadline.

Of the three incumbents -- Timothy J. Claypoole, Chuck Kocisko and Julie Sanders -- only Claypoole filed for re-election. Others who filed petitions were former Charter Review Commission member Jeffrey M. Allen, Board of Zoning and Building Appeals member Matt Bross, former mayoral candidate Brett McClafferty, former at-large Councilman Stephen Michniak and Sandy Smith Fischer.

Candidates for Ravenna City Council have until Feb. 21 to submit petitions to the elections board. Ravenna does not have a partisan primary, but does have a primary that sends the top vote getters on to the November general election.

Two of Ravenna's three council-at-large seats, currently held by Fred Berry and Amy Michael, are up for election. Also on the ballot are the Ward 1 council seat held by Sharon Spencer and the Ward 2 seat held by Frank Seman.

Aurora candidates don't have to file petitions for the general election until late August.

When they do, candidates will be running for mayor, a council-at-large seat held by Joe Kastelic and council seats in Ward 1 held by James L. Vaca Sr., Ward 3 held by Carl G. Rausch and Ward 5 held by Kathi Grandillo.

Grandillo is serving the unexpired term of James Fisher who was appointed to serve the unexpired term as mayor left by the resignation of Mayor Lynn McGill.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1125 or msever@recordpub.com

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