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CUYAHOGA FALLS -- City Council races in the Sept. 12 primary are set, as candidates have filed their petitions with the Summit County Board of Elections by the 4 p.m. deadline June 14.
In the race for two Council At-Large seats, incumbents Jeff Iula and Carol Klinger, as well as Gary Deremer, Tim Gorbach, John Chapman and Andrew Welsh, filed for the two races. The two highest vote getters will ultimately be elected to the seat in the general election.
Iula, a republican, is in his second four-year term on Council. Klinger, who has served for 24 years as a republican, is running this year as an independent. Her name will not appear on either partisan primary ballot. No other non-partisan candidates filed to run.
Deremer and Gorbach, both former members of the Council, are Democrats, as is Welsh, a newcomer.
Chapman, a former prosecutor for the city, is a Republican.
In Ward 1, Drew Reilly, a Democrat, and Anthony Malorni, a Republican, are running for election. The current incumbent, Vincent Rubino (D), will not seek re-election.
In Ward 2, Republican Mary Ellen Pyke is running for re-election. She is in her 20th year on Council. On the Democrats' side, Julia Siegferth has filed for the Ward 2 seat in the primary. Assuming they run uncontested, the two will face off in the November general election.
In Ward 3, Democrat Meika Penta and Vic Pallotta, a Republican, have filed to run in September. Pallotta is in his second elected two-year term of office.
In Ward 4, Danielle Thames is running in the Republican primary, while incumbent Democrat Mary Nichols-Rhodes will seek re-election in the Ward 4 primary. She was elected two years ago and had served a partial term following an appointment to Council.
In Ward 5, incumbent Mike Brillhart, a Democrat finishing his first term, is running for re-election. No Republican has filed in the Ward 5 primary.
In Ward 6, Adam Miller, the Republican Ward 6 Councilman for the past two years, is running for re-election. Also running in Ward 6 is Debbie Ziccardi, a Democrat.
In Ward 7, Democrat Jerry James is running for re-election. No one has filed to run in this Republican primary.
In Ward 8, Russ Iona, a Republican, has filed to run for his second term as Ward 8 Councilman. No one has filed to run in Democratic primary for this ward.