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There may be some new names on the Sept. 12 primary ballot for Stow City Council seats. The deadline to file petitions to run for the four ward seats and the three at-large posts was June 14 at 4 p.m. All petitions must still be approved by the Summit County Board of Elections.
Two newcomers are hoping to go up against the three at-large incumbents. They are James Andrassy of Kemppel Lane and Tom McKinney of Hilary Circle. Incumbents are Brian D'Antonio of Pebblehurst Drive, John Pribonic of Cheval Circle and Mike Rasor of Eagle Avenue. Voters will vote for no more than three in the September primary and the November general election.
Incumbent Matt Riehl of Maple Road was the only one filing for the Ward 1 seat.
In the Ward 2 race, newcomer Doug Herchick of Hampton Circle is seeking to unseat incumbent James Costello of Garnet Circle.
Seeking the Ward 3 seat are Christina Shaw of Graham Road and incumbent Brian Lowdermilk of Samira Road.
Incumbent Bob Adaska of Treeside Drive is being challenged by Mario A. Fiocca of Red Wing Trail for the Ward 4 post.
All the terms commence Jan. 2, 2018.
City Council has approved an ordinance to place an issue on this year's November general election ballot asking voters whether they want to amend the city's charter to eliminate the September primary.
The September primary is used to reduce the number of candidates for ward Council seats to two when more than two candidates file for those positions or down to six candidates for the three Council-at-large seats.