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Tallmadge Democratic Precinct Committee to vote on replacement for City Council Ward 3 seat

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published: January 9, 2014 10:00 PM

Tallmadge -- All seven seats on Tallmadge City Council might be filled by the time it meets next week.

The city's Democratic precinct committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at City Hall to vote on the applicants who applied to fill the Ward 3 seat.

Jim Donovan left the post when voters elected him to an At-Large seat in November of 2013. He served as the Ward 3 representative for six years.

The city's charter requires precinct committee members in Summit and Portage counties to replace him within 30 days of his vacancy. His last day in office as the Ward 3 representative was Dec. 31, 2013.

If the precinct committee members don't elect a candidate, Council would have 14 days to choose one. Mayor Dave Kline would make an appointment if Council fails to do so.

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According to the city's law director, Megan Raber, as of Jan. 9, two residents applied for the post -- Tony Conti, the husband of Deputy Clerk of Council Regina Conti, and Brian Kiko -- and the city is still accepting applications.

The precinct committee consists of five members. In order to vote on the candidates, the committee must have a quorum, and the candidate who earns the majority of the votes wins.

Ward 3 Democrats who are interested in applying to fill the vacancy can send a letter of interest and brief resume to Clerk of Council Susan Burton, 46 North Ave., Tallmadge 44278, as soon as possible.

Ward 3 is the southeast quadrant of the City. If anyone has questions as to whether they reside in Ward 3, they may call the Council Office at 330-633-0856.

The next Council committee meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at City Hall.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9428 or hschoenstein@recordpub.com

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