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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Filing deadline paints clearer picture

Now that the filing deadline for candidates to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot has passed, we have a little bit more clarity on who will represent citizens in their respective communities and school boards.

Obviously, there are many races, and the winners won’t be known until after election day. But we know there will be some changes at least based on who did or did not file.

Painesville Township will have two new trustees next year after Trustees Jeanette Crislip and James Falvey decided not to run again. Nine people filed for the chance to win one of two open seats. The two winners will join Trustee Gabe Cicconetti on the board.

In Willoughby, there will be at least one new face on City Council after new ward boundaries were recently approved. Ward 2 Councilman Bob Fiala was pushed into the new Ward 3, and he is the only person who filed for that seat.

Current Ward 3 Councilman Jerry Ranally, who also serves as council president, was pushed into Ward 5 with the redrawing. Ranally is the only person who filed for the Ward 5 seat. Current Ward 5 Councilwoman Karen Manning didn’t seek re-election.

In Willoughby Hills, there will some changes, too, as Council President Dave Reichelt declined to run for re-election. Councilman at large David Fiebig filed to run for the at large term held by Reichelt. John Plecnik and Joe Zawatski filed to run for Fiebig’s current at large term that starts Jan. 1, 2014.

For Mentor Municipal Court judge, incumbent John Trebets is unopposed as he was the only candidate to file for the position back in February.

In Perry Village, Councilman John Young declined to file for re-election and five candidates filed to run for Council, with the top four vote-getters earning a seat.

North Perry Village Councilwoman Lorrie Taylor decided not to run, and seven candidates filed to run, with the top four winning seats on village council.

As previously announced, Leroy Township Trustee Linda Burhenne decided not to run for re-election. Four candidates filed for trustee, with the top two finishers earning a spot on the board.

In four of the nine school districts in Lake County, at least one incumbent from the Kirtland, Riverside, Perry and Wickliffe school boards did not seek re-election.

Not every race, though, had enough candidates file to fill the available seats that are up on the ballot.

In Timberlake, Dennis Dicki, Ritu Sharma and Kenneth L. Zalar were the only three candidates who filed for four council seats. Councilwoman Jane Shaveyco didn’t file to keep her seat. No one filed to run for the village’s Board of Public Affairs.

For the Lake Educational Service Center board, only two candidates filed for three positions. The two candidates to file were Erik L. Walter and former Lake County Recorder Geoffrey T. Kent.

Three seats on the Kirtland School Board are also on the ballot this year. Kat Torok was the only candidate who filed.

For Cardinal Schools in Geauga County, two seats were up on the school board. Kenneth J. Klima was the only candidate to file.

Keep in mind, there still is an opportunity for people to file to run as a write-in candidate for the Nov. 5 ballot. The deadline to file forms with county elections boards to indicate a person wants to be a write-in candidate is Aug. 26.


n Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran, first annual golf outing scramble, 11:30 a.m. lunch Aug. 15 at Madison Country Club. See Kevin Malecek or Paul Miller.

n Fundraiser for Riverside School Board Member Belinda Grassi and Jennifer Harden, a candidate for Riverside School Board, 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at Pickle Bills in Grand River. See Grassi or Harden.

n Lake County Treasurer-elect Lorraine M. Fende hosts the eighth annual Steakroast from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Wickliffe Italian American Club. See Diane Fox.

n Fundraiser for Cindy Quinn-Hopkins, candidate for Eastlake mayor, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Trader Jacks Riverside Grille in Eastlake. See Dave Fiebig or Mark Cain.

n Chuck Hillier, candidate for Painesville Township trustee, hosts a fundraiser 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Lake Erie Shores Beach Park Pavilion in Painesville Township. See Ken Fitzsimmons.

n Kenny Yuko, a candidate for Ohio Senate District 25, hosts a Gala Reception with guest state Rep. Connie Pillach, a candidate for Ohio Treasurer, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at The Patrician in Eastlake. See Yuko or Pamela Yuko.

n Wickliffe Mayor Bill Margalis hosts the fifth annual Labor Day Picnic from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 30 at Wickliffe Italian American Club Picnic Pavilion. See Bill or Sue Margalis.

John Arthur Hutchison

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