Gloria Rodgers is seeking a second, four-year term on the Summit County Council. As one of two Republicans on the 11-member council, she has played a valuable role representing District 3. She has offered an independent voice, showing a capacity both to speak out and work well with her Democratic colleagues.
We recommend the re-election of Gloria Rodgers on Nov. 6.
As a nurse at Portage Path Mental Health, Rodgers brings a helpful perspective to a range of issues facing the council, from operating the county jail to overseeing social service agencies. Perhaps most notable about her tenure has been the way she has plunged into issues, seeking to learn, be prepared and make a constructive contribution.
Rodgers knows how to keep the majority on its toes, for instance, raising concerns when a hiring freeze softened to accommodate Democratic Party stalwarts. She has provided a persistent voice for spending restraint in a tough budget time.
Her Democratic opponent is Russ Iona, a mortgage company manager. Iona unsuccessfully sought an at-large appointment to the council. His small business experience would be asset. He knows the challenges facing the county. He would be a solid member. Missing is a strong enough argument for removing Rodgers.
District 3 covers Stow, Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls and Silver Lake.