Paul Colavecchio was appointed to serve as the new Ward 5 Cuyahoga Falls City Council member by the Summit County Democratic Party in a special precinct committee meeting at the Nervous Dog Cafe in Stow Feb. 6.
Colavecchio was the precinct committee's only nominee for the City Council seat. The committee then voted 5-0 in favor of his appointment to the post. The vote was unanimous; all PCs (precinct committee members) were present.
Following the vote, Colavecchio was sworn in to office by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Gallagher.
Colavecchio fills the post that was vacated by his wife, Diana, who resigned Jan. 10 after she was appointed to serve as the clerk of courts for Stow Municipal Court. Diana Colavecchio served on City Council for seven years.
Paul Colavecchio was nominated by PC Mary Nichols-Rhodes (5A), and the nomination was seconded by PC Dennis Brinton (5F). The two-year term ends Dec. 31. Colavecchio said he will run for election in November.
"We, as residents of Ward 5, have been so fortunate to have been represented by Diana Colavecchio on Cuyahoga Falls Council, and we very much appreciate the dedication and hard work she has done on our behalf for all these years," Nichols-Rhodes said. Ward 5 constituents are "fortunate" to have him replace his wife on Council, she said.
"Paul is a longtime resident of Ward 5 with a front-row seat to learning the needs and concerns of our residents," Nichols-Rhodes said. "He has participated in Diana's quarterly ward meetings, is an active member of our community, and has made a career of advocating for people."
"My wife has done a wonderful job," Colavecchio said. "She's going to be a great resource … Whenever I have a question, I'll be able to turn to her and the other able Democrats on Council who have been there. She has really worked hard." He said Diana dedicated her Sundays and Monday afternoons to preparing for the Monday night council meeting.
"She really does her homework," he said. "She [chaired] the finance committee this year and did a great job as the watchdog over the city's finances."
The new councilman said his wife leaves a pair of "big, little shoes to fill. The feet are little, but they are big shoes to fill." Colavecchio said he and his wife, who have lived in Cuyahoga Falls for 20 years, "love it here and intend to stay."
Paul Colavecchio, 56, said he was born in Chicago and moved to Painesville at the age of 5. A graduate of Cleveland Marshall Law School and Kent State University, Colavecchio is an attorney specializing in estate planning and residential real estate.
In addition to Nichols-Rhodes and Brinton, PC's Madeline Bozzelli (5B), Diana Colavecchio (5C) and Larry McCoy (5B) were present and voted at the meeting. Wayne Jones, chairman of the Summit County Democratic Party, presided over the meeitng.