Tallmadge -- Voters chose James M. Donovan, Robert Maguire and Kim Ray to proceed as the Democratic candidates for three open At-Large seats on City Council, according to final but unofficial results from the Summit and Portage County Boards of Elections.
In the Sept. 10 primary election, Donovan earned 455 votes, Maguire earned 431 votes and Ray earned 429 votes.
"I'm just really happy with the way everything turned out. I appreciate all the support," Donovan said.
He said his positive, natural connection with people of all ages has helped him garner that support in the community.
Maguire also was pleased that he made it through the primary election.
"What an honor to be chosen as one of the candidates to advance to the general election. I am grateful for the support and diligent work of my campaign volunteers," Maguire said.
So far during his campaign, he has enjoyed meeting constituents and learning about their concerns.
"It is a privilege to serve on City Council, and I will continue to strive to make Tallmadge the best community in the region," he said.
Ray said she was surprised by the low voter turnout during the primary election, but nonetheless, was satisfied with the results, too.
"I hope it was a result of people understanding I'm committed to doing the best job possible as at At-Large Councilperson. I hope they realize I'm actively involved in the community and very concerned about the future," she said.
The three successful primary candidates competed against Jeffrey S. Rettberg, whose votes came in at 401.
"I wish to congratulate those who have won and thank all the citizens who supported me with their vote in this endeavor and allowed me to place signs in their yards," Rettberg said. "Additionally, I felt this was a very close race, which any candidate could have lost."
He attributed his unsuccessful run in the primary election to low voter turnout.
He said he's disappointed he won't be able to help address residents' concerns and resolve issues, including those relating to storm water, and help the city improve its plan for economic development.
"This is not the end of my political involvement. I feel citizens should be given a choice who leads their government, otherwise those in office become stagnant and complacent," Rettberg said.
The three candidates will compete against Republicans John Rensel and James Nuznoff in the general election Nov. 5.
The three candidates who garner the most votes in the general election will win the At-Large seats. Council members serve four-year terms.
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