State, county candidates on May Primary ballot

by Jaime Gerard | Editor Published:

Tallmadge residents will have a number of state and county hopefuls to select from in the May 6 primary election.

Summit County Council District 8 representative Paula Prentice, an Akron Democrat, and David Higgins, a Libertarian from Uniontown, have filed to run for the seat currently held by State House District 36 representative Anthony DeVitis, a Republican from Green, in the May 6 primary election.

DeVitis was appointed to the house in 2011.

Prentice is serving her second term on Summit County Council.

District 36 comprises the cities of Green, Springfield, Lakemore, Coventry, most of Tallmadge, and portions of Cuyahoga Falls and Mogadore.

13th District

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan will face a challenge for the 13th District seat in the Democratic primary election from John Stephen Luchansky from Boardman.

Luchansky unsuccessfully ran for office in the 2006 U.S. House District 6 primary election and the 2004 U.S. House District general election.

No Republicans filed for the seat as of the Feb. 5 deadline, according to the Summit County Board of Elections. From 2003 to Jan. 3, 2013, Ryan represented Ohio's 17th Congressional District, which was redistricted into the current 13th District to include parts of Trumbull, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Summit counties. Ryan served in the Ohio Senate from Jan. 3 2001 through Dec. 19, 2002. Ryan currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Budge Committee.

75th District

In the 75th District, which covers most of the county south of Aurora, including part of Tallmadge, Republicans Kenneth Hendrickson and Nick Skeriotis will fight to see who meets Democrat incumbent Kathleen Clyde is unopposed for re-election.

Both Skeriotis and Hendrickson are from Suffield.

Skeriotis is the owner of a paving business. He was the Republican candidate two years ago and lost to Clyde in Kent.

This is Hendrickson's first run for elective office. In November, he spoke in support of the Freedom to Marry amendment, which would change Ohio's constitution to allow same-sex marriage.

Summit County Council

Ten hopefuls, including three incumbents, have filed petitions for the position of at-large representative to Summit County Council.

The Feb. 5 filings were for the May 6 primary election, where voters will pick three candidates from each party to be on the November ballot for three seats on Summit County Council.

The Summit County Board of Elections is expected to certify the petitions at its Feb. 18 meeting.

In the Democratic primary, three challengers, Daniel A. Congrove and John A. Donofrio of Akron and Michael Wheeler of Richfield, will face incumbents Ilene Shapiro and Sandra Kurt, of Akron.

In the Republican primary, incumbent Bill Roemer of Richfield faces Carl Richard Crew I and Gary William Hagen, both of Akron, Jay F. Iula, of Cuyahoga Falls, and Debbie Walsh, of Akron.

No one filed for the Constitution, Green, Libertarian or Socialist parties, according to a synopsis of the filings by the Summit County Board of Elections.

Editor's note: Mike Sever and Mike Lesko contributed to this article.

Contact the editor at 330-541-9429 or jgerard@recordpub.com

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