by Marsha McKenna | Senior Editor
Local voters returned their Summit County Council incumbents to office Nov. 6, according to the final but unofficial report from the Summit County Board of Elections.
County Council is the 11-member legislative authority, taxing authority and policy-making body of the Summit County government.
Each district representative will serve a four-year term.
For the at-large seat, Democratic incumbent Sandra Kurt received 132,367 votes (60.13 percent) over her Republican challenger, Jane Davis. Davis had 87,784 votes (39.87 percent).
Kurt, 50, from Akron, has had the spot since March 2011. She will now fill the unexpired term running through 2014.
In District 1, Democratic incumbent Nick Kostandaras won over his Republican challenger, Greg Roemer. Kostandaras garnered 18,020 votes (57.35 percent) to Roemer's 13,399 (42.65 percent).
Kostandaras, 75, is from Richfield.
District 1 includes Macedonia, Sagamore Hills, Northfield Center, Northfield Village, Reminderville, Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township.
In District 2, Democrat John Schmidt, 57, of Cuyahoga Falls, was re-elected with 16,817 votes (66.08 percent). His Republican challenger, Nancy DeLambo, received 8,633 votes (33.92 percent).
District 2 includes Munroe Falls and most of Cuyahoga Falls.
In District 3, which covers Hudson, Stow, Silver Lake and part of Cuyahoga Falls, Republican Gloria Rodgers kept her seat with 20,041 votes (60.54 percent). Her Democratic challenger, Russ Iona, received 13,065 votes (39.46 percent).
Rodgers, 67, has served in the position since 2009.
Democrat Frank Comunale was re-elected in District 4, with 19,894 votes (72.56 percent) over his Republican opponent, Mike Hoover, who received 7,522 votes (27.44 percent).
Comunale, 64, from Akron, has occupied the post since January 2007, and since 2012 he has been the Council vice president.
District 4 includes part of Cuyahoga Falls.
In District 6, Democrat Jerry Feeman, 56, of Tallmadge, retained his seat, receiving 16,596 votes (66.9 percent). His Republican challenger, Faith Bennetts, got 8,211 votes (33.11 percent).
District 6 includes the city of Tallmadge.