Appointed in 2007 to fill a vacancy on the Summit County Council, John Schmidt won a full, four-year term the next year. The Cuyahoga Falls Democrat now is running for a second term representing District 2, which covers Munroe Falls, most of Cuyahoga Falls and parts of east and north Akron.

We recommend the re-election of John Schmidt on Nov. 6.

His long experience in local government and politics has proved an asset for the County Council and the district. He spent 20 years as a member of the Cuyahoga Falls City Council and 16 years in county government, where he was, among other positions, deputy director of the elections board. Schmidt knows his constituents and understands well how county government works.

He remains a strong advocate for further consolidation of county government by eliminating elected administrators and moving their functions under the county executive. Schmidt is also an advocate for local government consolidation, pointing to the $500,000 in savings to the county through the merger of the Akron, Barberton and Summit County health departments.

As chair of the Public Safety Committee, Schmidt would push for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board to provide more services to inmates at the County Jail.

Schmidt faces opposition from Nancy DeLambo, a Cuyahoga Falls Republican. She did respond to our invitation to talk about her candidacy.