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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Micchia at large again

Attorney Louis Aliberti, who's now the appointed Mentor City Council Ward 4 councilman?

He's at least temporary successor to former Ward 4 Councilman Ron Micchia who got elected in odd-year 2009 to a citywide at-large seat on the seven-member council.

Aliberti’s filed candidacy nominating petitions to run in the Nov. 2 election this even-year 2010 for remainder of term in Ward 4.

Hmm. Eric Bednarcik, a 2009 Mentor High grad who’s expressed interest in the Ward 4 seat? He’s obtained petitions to run this fall versus Aliberti.

Whoever wins in November this year then could run, yes, in November in the next odd year 2011 for the full four-year ward term.

That is, if Aliberti wins this year and runs next year, Bednarcik could run again vs. Aliberti in 2011. All clear?

But, wait, who runs in November 2011 for the seats of Wards 1 Councilman Bob Shiner (council president), Ward 2 Councilwoman Carolyn Bucey and Ward 3 Councilman Ed Walsh? They’re up for full-term re-election next year even as is whichever Ward 4 incumbent.

What about Council Vice President Micchia and fellow citywide at-large Councilmen Ray Kirchner and Scott Marn? They’re not up for re-election to their four-year terms until November of odd-year 2013. At-large victors would take office in even-year 2014. All clear?

And no jokes about any other mid-term changes of office along the way.

Besides, didn't we all go through this in 1990 when the same Micchia got appointed to the Ward 4 seat to fill, yes, a vacancy? Then he got elected at large, then back to Ward 4? Or something.

--David W. Jones


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