Newly elected officials assume roles on local government councils and school boards.
A new year is bringing in myriad new faces to local governments. Here's a list of some people joining municipal councils or school boards in 2014.
MASSILLON CITY COUNCIL
One-third of city council is new this year, as three members were sworn in Monday after winning election on Nov. 5.
Shaddrick A. Stinson, D-Ward 4, will assume the seat held by Quenessa Hampton, who withdrew from the race last August.
"I just want to play an active role in getting the city back on track (financially)," Stinson said.
In Ward 5, Democrat Megan Starrett, replaces outgoing Councilman Donnie Peters, a Republican, who did not seek a fifth term. Starrett said balancing the city budget is priority No. 1 going into 2014.
"I look forward to jumping in and figuring out what's going on in the city," Starrett said.
At-large Democrat Michelle Del Rio Keller takes over for at-large Councilman Larry Slagle, also a Democrat. Del Rio Keller served as chairwoman of the Massillon Parks and Recreation Board in 2013 and has been a board member for five years.
"It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work," she said.
In addition to Del Rio Keller, Starrett and Stinson, city council includes members Sarita Cunningham-Hedderly, R-Ward 1; Nancy Halter, R-Ward 2; Andrea Scassa, D-Ward 3; Ed Lewis, R-Ward 6; Paul Manson, D-at large, and Milan Chovan, R-at large. Democrat Tony Townsend serves as council president.
BEACH CITY COUNCIL
Rodney McKenney joins incumbents Francis Bailey, John Hartman and Darold Willis on city council.
CANAL FULTON CITY COUNCIL
Political newcomer Sean Craney unseated incumbent Paul Bagocius Nov. 5 by placing third in Canal Fulton's at-large race.
In addition to Craney, incumbents Linda Zahirsky, Susan Mayberry and Nellie Cihon all retained their seats on city council.
Craney said he would like to help bring a YMCA to Canal Fulton to make the area more attractive to potential residents and help with growth.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
Incumbents Todd Hawke and John Pizzino retained their positions on the board of trustees.
Newcomer Shawn Lockhart and incumbent Lester Kamph earned four-year terms on the board of trustees.
VILLAGE OF NAVARRE
Katherine Hicks joins incumbents Raymond Gallaher, Derek Netzly and Gary Wilson as village board members.
PERRY TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
Incumbents Craig Chessler and Dough Haines return to the board, each for a four-year-term. Trustee Lee Laubacher is up for election in 2015.
TUSCARAWAS TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES
Blake Brenner ousted one of the two Tuscarawas Township trustee seats on Election Day, Nov. 5. Brenner and incumbent Jerry Hollinger earned spots for the next four years, while Terrence Hemperly was defeated in the at-large election. (Information has been corrected to fix an error. See correction at the end of the story. 9:45 p.m. Jan. 3, 2013)
Brenner said he wants to make sure all three township road workers maintain full employment. Two employees were laid off for part of 2013.
SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP
Incumbents Pat Bucher and Robert Wentling retained their seats on the board of trustees.
SCHOOL BOARDS IN WESTERN STARK COUNTY
Dalton Local Schools: Lisa Gwin joins incumbents Curt Denning and Phillip Schlabach on the Board of Education.
Fairless Local Schools: Newcomer Hope Hill and incumbent Jody Seward earned seats on the board for the next four years. Hill ousted incumbent Charles Snyder.
Jackson Local Schools: Newcomer Katrina Barton ousted incumbent Kathryn Knowles for a seat on the Jackson school board. Incumbents Kenneth Douglas and Thomas Winkhart retained their positions.
Massillon Local Schools: Liz Hersher and Ronald Pribich were elected as the newest members on the Massillon school board. They replace Tom Seesan and Phil Elum who did not seek re-election.
Northwest Local Schools: Incumbents Bruce Beadle, Rita Gearhart and Jim Gindlesberger return.
Perry Local Schools: Newcomers David Ramos and Michael Brenner join incumbent Betsy Elum on the school board.
Tuslaw Local Schools: Lawrence C. Koons and James Shaffer join incumbent Vicki Horvath on the board.
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CORRECTION: Tuscarawas Township Trustee Jerry Hollinger was re-elected Nov. 5. Former Trustee Terry Hemperly was defeated. The wrong election outcome for Hollinger and Hemperly was posted at 11:06 p.m. Jan. 2.