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Tallmadge --The field of hopefuls for the at-large City Council race in the Sept. 12 primary election features a former city official, a previous councilman and a present ward representative seeking to expand her base.
Up for election are the three seats currently held by Council President James M. Donovan, Kimberly F. Ray and John D. Rensel. Their terms end Dec. 31, 2017.
Seven hopefuls met the June 14 filing deadline with the Summit County Board of Elections to be considered for inclusion on the primary ballot. They include incumbents, Donovan, a Democrat, and Rensel, a Republican. Ray did not file to seek re-election after seven years on Council. Also filing were three other Democrats -- current Ward 4 representative Carol Siciliano-Kilway, whose ward term extends through 2019, as well as Michael Carano and Chuck Victor. Former City Council member William C. Laymon has filed to run as a Republican and Dennis Loughry, who retired as the city's economic development manager earlier this year, has filed to run as an Independent.
Because there are four Democratic candidates and only three at-large seats available, one of the Democratic candidates will be eliminated in the primary election. The three remaining Democrats will advance to the general election ballot and face the two Republicans and one Independent.
The term for the at-large seats in question begins Jan. 1, 2018 and runs for four years.
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