Democrats maintain power at county level

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by Marsha McKenna | Senior Editor There's a new sheriff in town, who will be joining the incumbents who were re-elected to other Summit County posts Nov. 6. According to the final but unofficial tallies from the Summit County Board of Elections, the Democrats kept their stronghold in the county, shutting out their Republican challengers. In the county executive race, incumbent Russ Pry won over Munroe Falls Mayor Frank Larson, garnering 146,603 votes (62.92 percent) to Larson's 86,385 (37.08 percent). Democrat Pry, 54, of Akron, was appointed to the post in 2007 and won election to his first term in 2008. Democrat Steve Barry will serve as sheriff, winning over Republican candidate Randy Rivers. Barry received 147,068 votes (63.77 percent) while Rivers garnered 83,569 votes (36.23 percent). Barry, 55, of Uniontown, will take over from current Sheriff Drew Alexander, who decided not to seek a fourth term. Barry, a retired police captain, has 30-plus years of experience in law enforcement with the sheriff's office. Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh was re-elected with 159,594 votes (67.28 percent) over her Republican challenger Candace Kim Knox. Knox received 77,608 votes (32.72 percent). Democrat Bevan Walsh, 52, of Hudson, has served as the Summit County prosecutor for 12 years, and previously served as magistrate for mayor's courts in the Village of Northfield, Boston Heights and Peninsula. Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise, a Democrat, will keep her post, with 151,244 votes (65.10 percent) over her challenger, Republican Ron Antal. He received 81,092 votes (34.9 percent). This is her first election to a full term. Scalise, 45, of Cuyahoga Falls, has worked in the Fiscal Office for 13 years and was appointed to the post in May 2011. With 137,014 votes (61.02 percent), county engineer Alan Brubaker was elected to a second term. His challenger, Bruce Robinson, received 87,517 votes (38.98 percent). Democrat Brubaker, 64, of Akron, is a licensed professional engineer and surveyor with 41 years of experience in civil engineering and surveying. Clerk of Courts Daniel Horrigan won over Kandi O'Connor, with 139,970 votes (61.16 percent) to 88,888 (38.84 percent). Democrat Horrigan, 49, of Akron, has served as the Summit County Clerk of Courts for the past five years. All county offices are four-year terms. Email: mmckenna@recordpub.com Phone: 330-541-9430

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