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The Suburbanite
  • Incumbents Chessler, Haines keep spots as Perry Twp. trustees

  • Voters gave a thumbs-up Tuesday to incumbents and Craig Chessler and Doug Haines to serve the next four years as Perry Township trustees.
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  • Incumbents Craig Chessler and Doug Haines were the unofficial victors in Tuesday's at-large election, each earning a four-year term on the Perry Township Board of Trustees.
    "It was a good race, and I worked my tail off knocking on doors and getting the word out to voters," Haines said. "I looked forward to serving the people of Perry Township for another four years."
    Tuesday's race was the first election for Haines. He was appointed trustee in February 2012 after the resignation of former Trustee Anna Capaldi.
    Chessler could not be reached for comment Tuesday night, but his victory was his sixth consecutive successful election.
    Overall, five candidates were vying to fill two seats on the board. They included incumbents Craig Chessler and Doug Haines, along with challengers Tim Blythe, Ralph DeChiara Jr. and Chuck Riegler. Michael Burris withdrew from the race Oct. 4 for medical reasons.
    Trustee Lee Laubacher's seat is not up for election until 2015.
    A final unofficial tally by the Stark County Board of Elections had Haines ahead of the pack with 2,517 votes, and Chessler was second with 2,200. Blythe was in the No. 3 spot with 2,102 votes. DeChiara came in with 2,011 votes, while Riegler had 817.
    Perry trustees earn $20,568 per year, in addition to receiving medical insurance. The position does not include vacation or sick time.
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