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Election 2013: Lodi Village Council

LODI — At least one familiar face will remain on Lodi Village Council after Tuesday’s election.

Incumbents John A. Carpenter and Patricia A. Graham, are running for re-election to the six-member board. But there are four open seats and three other candidates filed to run: Letha L. Mapes, Patricia K. May and Cecelia Sivard.

John A. Carpenter
Carpenter has been on Council since 2009 and is seeking election to a second term.

“I am dedicated to continuing the conservative fiscal leadership that the Village Council has been demonstrating for the past several years,” he said.

Patricia A. Graham
Graham, an eight-year incumbent who has served on all committees, chaired the Parks Committee and Streets and Sidewalks Committee, and has been on the Safety Committee since her election.

She is a part-time patient registration nurse at Lodi Community Hospital. She retired after 32 years at Westfield Companies.

She is a four-year member of the Lodi American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Club.

Graham said she wants stricter enforcement of zoning laws but maintaining financial stability is her focus.

“We have to be very diligent about how the money is spent because the funds are being reduced from the state and county,” she said.

Letha L. Mapes
Mapes is no stranger to village government. She was on Council for two years before resigning in 2011.

Mapes is a licensed practical nurse and works as office manager for Dr. Patrick Naples in Medina. She is president of the Lodi Historical Society; founder of Destination Lodi, a group that is interested in the revitalization of Lodi; co-founder of Lodi Cares, a group of nonprofit organizations and individuals who work to improve communication between nonprofits in Lodi; and a past president and honorary member of the Lodi Literary Club.

She said communication is lacking in the village.

“We need to start communicating between the trustees in the (Harrisville) township and the Council, and get fiscally sound to try to encourage growth in Lodi,” she said.

Patricia K. May
May is a self-employed licensed massotherapist and has been a registered nurse for 41 years.

She is a member of the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, Lodi American Legion, Medina Eagles and Medina Veterans of Foreign Wars.

May said she wants to keep more permanent families in the village and stimulate business growth.

“We have a lot of renters, and I’d like to see people live in Lodi permanently, and to raise their children in a safe and secure environment, and I’d like to see businesses flourish and retain the ones we have,” she said.

Cecelia Sivard
Sivard is an administrative assistant for Security Services and Sales, a business her family owns in Seville.

She has been a member of the Lodi Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, holding all offices for four to five years each, and has been a director for almost 20 years. She is co-chairwoman for Lodi-Area Christmas for Kids and a member of the Lodi Historical Society.

Sivard ran for village treasurer about 10 years ago but lost.

She said Council could do better at growing the village.

“I want to bring professionalism and a better image to the village to promote more tourism and business growth,” she said.

In addition to the five candidates on the ballot, there are two write-in candidates: Gregory Daniel Cepikn and Robert Eugene Powell Sr.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.