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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Will there be surprises at the filing deadline?

The final deadline for candidates to file for the Nov. 5 election looms and soon we’ll know who wants to run for all the mayoral, council, township trustee and school board races.

Contests will take shape after the Wednesday 4 p.m. deadline for candidates to file their petitions to run for office and appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Candidates involved in races in Eastlake, Wickliffe along with mayoral candidates in Mentor-on-the-Lake filed previously as respective charters stipulated a July 19 deadline. Those races are set.

We already know the winner of one race with Judge John Trebets unopposed for re-election as he was the only candidate who filed before the Feb. 6 deadline to file for Mentor Municipal Court judge.

For the other races, will there be any surprises including long-time officials who don’t file for re-election?

Perhaps there might be two new trustees in Painesville Township as neither Jeanette Crislip nor Jim Falvey have filed to run.

Might there be some potential challengers who emerge to run for Mentor Council at large? Three seats will be on the ballot.

You never know what will happen when it comes to the filing deadline, but these questions will be answered in just a few days.

Filed petitions

Recently filing candidacy petitions in Lake County were Robert Harrold for Willoughby Council Ward 6; Ken Hoefle and Michael Zuren for Eastlake Council at large; Donald P. Webb for Kirtland Council at large; Jerome Ranally for Willoughby Council Ward 5; Virginia Jeschelnig and Alan Mihok for Mentor school board; Larry Klco for North Perry Council; Jonathan Miller for Lakeline Council; Paul Gum, William Pickett, Anthony Larccia and Heidi Miller for Kirtland Hills Council; Troy Elam for Mentor-on-the-Lake mayor; Suanne Sines and Ashley M. Hacking for Perry school board; Larry A. Staton and Sandra Staton for Lakeline Council; Paul R. Malchesky and Christopher Galloway for Concord Township trustee; Nancy E. Fellows for Willoughby Hills Council at large Jan. 2 term; Preston Wolk for Mentor-on-the-Lake Council; C. Michelle Hayes and Jay Fabian for Madison school board; Ritu Sharma for Timberlake Council; Duane Frager, Donald Bartlett, and Daniel L. Donaldson for Madison Village Council; Leroy Zinn for North Perry Council; Mark Timm for Leroy Township trustee; James Bala for Wickliffe Council Ward 1; Mary Javins for Fairport school board; Robert Gildone for Grand River Council; Nancy L. Steele for Perry Township trustee; Amy M. Zuren, Rusty Bliss and Sharon Scott for Willoughby-Eastlake school board; Joshua Lagania for Perry Village Council; Jeffrey Powers for Painesville school board and Frank Sarosy for Fairport Harbor Council.


n State Rep. John Rogers hosts a golf outing Aug. 9 at Madison Country Club. See Rogers or Kip Molenaar.

n Mentor-on-the-Lake Councilwoman Desirea Thompson hosts a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Amvets Post 109 in Mentor on the Lake. See Desirea or John Thompson.

n Geauga County Democratic Party hosts its annual steak roast 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at party headquarters in Newbury Township. See Dennis Pavella.

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 8th 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 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 5th 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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