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The Suburbanite
  • Eight seek North Canton council seat

  • At least eight people, including three former North Canton councilmen, applied by the deadline Friday for appointment to the vacant Ward 3 council seat.

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  • At least eight people, including three former North Canton councilmen, applied by the deadline Friday for appointment to the vacant Ward 3 council seat.
    The candidates are:
    •Clyde E. Kemp, Jr., a former local U.S. Census Bureau office manager in Canton from 2008 to 2010.
    •Stephanie Snow Werren, development director for Leadership Stark County and wife of Curt Werren, the regional executive director of the Stark County Red Cross.
    •Chuck Osborne, who served as at-large councilman from 2001 to 2003 and 2010 U.S. Census Bureau team leader.
    •Michael S. Hale, North Canton City School District building and grounds supervisor and former North Canton Schools levy sign campaign chairman.
    •Rick McLaughlin, a national sales representative for Alliance Shippers, who served as Ward 3 councilman from 1992 to 2003.
    •James A. Repace, who served as at-large councilman from 2005 to 2007. He is a former president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1985, which represented Hoover Co. workers.
    •Kevin Frank, owner of real estate management company Frank Properties, Ltd. and co-chairman of the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities levy campaign in 2008.
    • Todd LePage, vice president of Whitacre Engineering Co.
    The seat became vacant Sept. 6 when Tim Fox, who had been elected to the Ward 3 seat in November, resigned so he could apply for the vacant North Canton law director position.
    Council is set to meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday to deliberate in open session on whether to hire Fox.
    The council position pays a part-time salary of $4,800 a year with health benefits. Under the city charter, council has 30 days from the day Fox resigned to appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of his two-year term.