Tallmadge -- During the Sept. 10 primary election, voters will decide which three of four candidates on the Democratic ticket for Tallmadge City Council At-Large will advance to the general election in November.
The candidates who win the primary will face off against two Republicans for the three At-Large seats up for grabs.
The four Democrats eyeing the seats are incumbents Robert Maguire and Kim Ray, Ward 3 Councilman Jim Donovan and newcomer Jeffrey Rettberg.
Maguire, a 66-year-old principal of Maguire Law Group in Tallmadge, has served on City Council for six years and is the current Council president.
Maguire said he wants to continue "to be part of the government, help improve things here in Tallmadge. I just think it's an honor to be able to serve the people."
He said he's interested in making the community "an even better place to live," in general.
Maguire has a bachelor's degree in history from California State University in Dominguez Hills, Calif., and a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron.
PNC Bank Credit Officer Kim Ray, 50, has served on Council for the past four years.
"Primarily, I want to ensure that we're building a sustainable community, environmentally sustainable and that we're economically prosperous and socially equitable, or providing a sense of community," she said.
Ray has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Akron.
Jim Donovan, 46, who's the owner and funeral director of Donovan Funeral Home in Tallmadge, has been Council's Ward 3 representative for five years. He said he's interested in a Council-at-Large seat so that he can represent the entire city.
"I like a lot of what we're doing right now, so as far as big changes, no," he said, about his plans if he's re-elected.
Donovan said he does think there's a need for improvements in the storm water system and roads, as well as attracting more businesses and retaining the community's current businesses.
Donovan earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Akron.
Rettberg, a 49-year-old state licensed building inspector and residential plumbing inspector, said he's running for Council because he wants to serve his community.
"My goal is to use my spare time to listen to the citizens who have trusted me to make decisions on their behalf," he said. "This will allow me to make my decisions based on the needs of the community."
Rettberg has a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Malone University in Canton. He also studied civil engineering at Middlesex County College in New Jersey, completed a four-year apprenticeship with a carpenters union, and worked as a substitute teacher for Tallmadge City Schools.
The Republican candidates for the At-Large seats, who will not be on the ballot until the Nov. 5 general election, are incumbent John Rensel and James Nuznoff, 2011 candidate for the Ward 2 seat.
Rensel is serving the remainder of former At-Large representative Jack Sarver's term, which expires at the end of the year.
The three candidates who garner the most votes in the general election will win the At-Large seats. Council members serve four-year terms.
If Donovan is one of the candidates voters choose, the Democratic Precinct Committee will select a replacement for his Ward 3 seat. That person will serve the rest of his term, which expires Dec. 31, 2015.
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