July 24, 2014

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November election: Field of candidates expands

MEDINA — Two Spencer village councilmen have filed to run for mayor.

Mayor Tom Ramey died earlier this month and the village charter gives candidates 10 days to file petitions to seek the office.

Village councilmen James Coleman, who is not up for re-election, and Danny DeRossett, whose term on Council expires this year, will compete in the Nov. 5 election.

Ramey died Aug. 16 after a battle with cancer.

Medina County Board of Elections Deputy Director Carol Gurney said the board has not yet printed the general election ballots, so it was easy for the new race to be added.

Coleman and DeRossett will need to have their petitions reviewed and approved by the board of elections at its September meeting.

DeRossett withdrew the petition he had filed to run for re-election to Council.

In other board of election news, the deadline for write-in candidates was Monday and 10 people filed for six offices.

Write-in candidates’ names will not appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. While voters can write in any name they chose, only the names of candidates who have filed with the board of elections can be elected.

In several of the races, the write-in candidates will not face opposition.

In Seville, Dennis Barrington and Carol Carter will be write-in candidates for the four open Council seats. The only candidates who filed are incumbents Kathy A. Rhoads and Rick Stallard.

In Westfield Center, Wayne Noall will be a write-in candidate for the Board of Public Affairs. No one filed to run for the office.

In other races, the write-in candidates face opposition.

In Guilford Township, Steven Fulton, Dan Lloyd and Gene Morris will be write-in candidates for two open trustee seats. Incumbent Trustee Glenn Sheller in the only other candidate.

In Buckeye Schools, incumbent school board member Tracy Mattern withdrew his petition to be on the ballot and instead will run as a write-in candidate. Three seats are open on the board and three names remain on the ballot: incumbents Kenneth R. Barco and Jonathan Stahl, and Kim Cecelich.

In Lodi, Gregory Cepik and Robert Powell Sr. will be write-in candidates for Village Council. There already are five listed candidates on the ballot for four open seats: incumbents John Carpenter and Patricia A. Graham, along with Letha Mapes, Patricia K. May and Cecelia Sivard.

James Simonelli has filed to run as a write-in candidate for the Medina County Schools’ Educational Services Center Board of Education.

Three candidates have filed for the three open seats on the board: Amanda Armstrong, of Seville; Janice Good, of Montville Township; and Daniel Shumaker, of Westfield Center.

Simonelli is a substitute teacher for Medina Schools. He said he became interested in the Educational Services Center after Medina school officials asked for the state to audit an ESC fund controlled by Superintendent Randy Stepp. Stepp since has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the audit.

Simonelli, who lives in the Highland school district, said he’s interested in how the ESC distributes funds to schools and administers programs those schools rely on.

“Someone needs to step up to the plate and say we’re going to run this agency with transparency, and we’re going to make sure we evaluate all the proposals for spending that come in front of the board,” he said.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.