Of the 35 elected offices on the ballot, seven of them will feature a contested primary during the May 7 election. Voters also will see two countywide levy requests and 17 other issues.
Voters in Alliance, Canton and Massillon will see candidates for council, treasurer, municipal court judge and clerk on their May 7 ballots. The primary also will feature two countywide levy requests and 17 other issues.
First day of early voting is April 2. Voters can request an absentee ballot from the Stark County Board of Elections.
Of the 35 elected offices on the ballot, seven of them feature a contested primary. Three familiar Democrats — Canton City Councilwoman Mary Cirelli, former Stark County Auditor Kim Perez and former Canton Councilwoman Kelly Zachary — are competing for retiring Democratic Treasurer Robert Schirack’s seat. Independent candidates have until May 6 to submit a petition.
In Massillon, Democrats Joseph Ault, Terry Geraghty and Megan E. Starrett are seeking the Ward 5 Council seat vacated by Republican Donnie Peters, who chose not to seek re-election. The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Theresa L. Mattox in November.
OFF THE BALLOT
Democratic candidates C. Michael Harrer (Canton at-large) and Wuyanbu Zutali (Canton Ward 7) did not submit enough valid signatures on their nominating petitions and will not appear on the May ballot.
Minerva voters also will not decide whether the village should pursue a bulk-buying program for electricity until November. Jeanette Mullane, deputy director of the Stark County Board of Elections, said Minerva’s electric aggregation issue was removed because Ohio law requires aggregation issues to appear in a primary or general election. Because no Minerva candidates are on the ballot in May, the election in the village is considered a special election, Mullane said.
Lake Township also withdrew its request to seek a road levy renewal.
MAY 7 CANDIDATE RACES
Alliance Council President
Dennis R. Clunk
Alliance Council at-large (elect three per party)
Julie A. Jakmides
Alliance Council Ward 1
Sheila K. Cherry
Alliance Council Ward 2
Phyllis J. Phillips
Alliance Council Ward 3
Lawrence A. Dordea
Alliance Council Ward 4
Brian K. Simeone
Donald E. Kline
Canton Council President
Mary M. Cirelli
Kim R. Perez
Kelly A. Zachary
Canton Council at-large (elect three per party)
James O. Babcock
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Canton Council Ward 1
Gregory F. Hawk
Canton Council Ward 2
Gloria E. Norris
Thomas E. West
Canton Council Ward 3
James E. Griffin
Canton Council Ward 4
Jason W. Eddy
Canton Council Ward 5
Kevin L. Fisher
Canton Council Ward 6
David R. Dougherty
Canton Council Ward 7
Canton Council Ward 8
Edmond J. Mack
Mark A. Butterworth
Canton Council Ward 9
Massillon Council President
Tony M. Townsend
Alfred G. Hennon
Massillon Council at-large (elect three per party)
Michelle Del Rio-Keller
Milan E. Chovan Jr.
Massillon Council Ward 1
Massillon Council Ward 2
Nancy J. Halter
Massillon Council Ward 3
Andrea M. Scassa
Massillon Council Ward 4
Quenessa N. Hampton
Massillon Council Ward 5
Megan E. Starrett
Theresa L. Mattox
Massillon Council Ward 6
Ed Lewis IV
Alliance Municipal Court District Judge
Andrew L. Zumbar
Alliance Municipal Court Clerk
Mary Anne Carper
Kevin B. Ward
Canton Municipal Court Judge, 1-1-2014
Corey Minor Smith
Richard J. Kubilus
Canton Municipal Court Judge, 1-2-2014
Mary A. Falvey
Canton Municipal Court Clerk
Phil G. Giavasis
Massillon Municipal Court Judge, term begins 1-1-2014
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C. Roland Centrone
Massillon Municipal Court Judge, term begins 1-2-2014
Edward J. Elum
MAY 7 ISSUES
1. Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities: Renewal of 1.9 mills and increase of 1.4 mills to constitute 3.3 mills for maintenance and operation of schools, acquiring, constructing or improving facilities for programs and services for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, 10 years, commencing 2013.
2. Stark County 911: Renewal, 0.1 mill for operations, 5 years, commencing 2013.
3. Massillon City: Income Tax, increase from 1.8 percent to 2.1 percent for general fund expenditures and capital improvements, effective July 1, 2013.
4. Waynesburg: Additional, 2-mill police levy, continuous, commencing 2013.
5. Local Option, City of Massillon Ward 5, Precinct C: Sunday sales of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor between 11 a.m. and midnight on the first floor and basement of the Massillon West Park Tavern, 1017 Sixth St. SW.
6. Lake Township Fire District: Renewal, 1-mill fire levy, 5 years, commencing 2013.
7. Pike Township Fire District: Renewal, 0.5-mill fire levy, 5 years, commencing 2013.
8. Lawrence Township Police District: Additional, 1.25-mill police levy, 5 years, commencing 2013.
9. Perry Township: Additional, 1-mill operational levy, 5 years, commencing 2013.
10. Jackson Township: Additional, 1 mill for parks and recreational purposes, 5 years, commencing 2013.
11. Canton Township: Additional, 4-mill fire levy, 5 years, commencing 2013.
12. Louisville City School District: Additional, 5.9 mills, emergency requirements of the school district, 5 years, commencing 2013.
13. Canton Local School District: Bond Issue, 7.9 mills, construction and renovation of school facilities and improvements of school sites, $37.2 million to be repaid annually for 30 years, commencing in 2013.
14. Fairless Local School District: Additional, 8.9 mills, emergency requirements of the school district, 8 years, commencing 2013.
15. Brown Local School District: Bond Issue and tax levy, 6.7 mills with an additional 0.5 mill.
16. Marlington Local School District:
• Bond Issue, 6.4 mills, construction and renovation of school facilities and improvements, $24,627,093 to be repaid annually for 30 years, commencing in 2013;
• Additional, 0.5 mill, funds for the acquisition, construction and financing of general permanent improvements, continuous.
17. Canal Fulton Public Library: Additional, 1 mill for current expenses, continuous, commencing 2013.
18. North Canton City School District: Additional, 2.4 mills, general permanent improvements, continuous, commencing 2013.
19. Quad Ambulance District: Renewal, 2 mills, ambulance services, 5 years, commencing 2013.