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CUYAHOGA FALLS -- The incumbent and a former city employee have filed to run for mayor of Cuyahoga Falls this fall.
Mayor Don Walters, a Democrat, filed petitions to run for re-election before the June 14 deadline. Susan Hale, a Republican, also filed. The primary election is Sept. 12.
Walters, a longtime member of City Council before he was elected mayor four years ago, says the city has a momentum that he believes should not be interrupted.
"Over the past three and a half years, the City has seen incredible progress through economic growth and positive change," Walters said. "Our momentum continues to build through economic development projects, improved community programs and increased collaboration and communication from City Hall."
Hale was employed in the city's utility billing office for 17 years, first as assistant manager then as manager. She resigned in 2014. She announced through social media April 26 she is running for mayor.
"I'm running for Mayor because I love and believe in this city," said Hale. "I moved here over 20 years ago because this was a great city to live in and raise a family. I look forward to continuing to walk the neighborhoods speaking directly with the residents."
Walters said the city is making "great progress" and has accomplished much.
"But there is still work to be done," he said. "That is why I am seeking re-election and that is why I remain committed to continuing to serve our phenomenal community."
Walters, a Democrat, defeated longtime Republican Mayor Don Robart in November 2013.
The general election is Nov. 7.