Three more Akron residents are trying to run for City Council while five lawyers or judges are throwing their hats into three judicial races in the city.
All told, 11 candidates turned in petitions by the 4 p.m. filing deadline Monday to run as independents or nonpartisans in some of Summit County’s local races this November. Signatures collected by each candidate will be reviewed and certified (or tossed out) at the next board of elections meeting before the new names are officially added to the November ballot.
Partisan primaries in Akron and several other area communities take place Tuesday.
Judge Kim Hoover, a Republican who's held the position since 1995, was the sole filer for the nonpartisan Stow Municipal Court race.
In Lakemore, Heather Anderson and Kyle Henlineare are shoo-ins as the only council candidates running for two seats.
There are three races for Akron Municipal Court in November.
Incumbent Judge Jon Oldham has no challenger.
Judge Ron Cable, a former magistrate at the Summit County Juvenile Court, will face Elisa Hill, a judicial attorney in Summit County Domestic Relations Court.
And Akron Municipal Judge Ann Marie O’Brien, who was appointed by Gov. John Kasich in 2018 after Judge Kathryn Michael was elected to the Summit County Common Pleas Court, will face Summit County Councilman David Hamilton for the court’s third seat, which is an unexpired term that runs through 2023.
In races for Akron City Hall, no independent candidates filed petitions for mayor or council-at-large.
DeAndre Forney filed in the Ward 4 race. He will face the winner of the Democratic primary on Tuesday between Jan Davis and incumbent Councilman Russ Neal. Like wards 5, 7 and 9, no Republican filed for the Tuesday primary.
Forney has run twice unsuccessfully for council. He was appointed to serve out the remainder of an unexpired term in 2017 after former Mayor Don Plusquellic abruptly resigned, setting in motion a series of vacancies filled by a cascade of appointments.
The already packed Ward 8 race just got busier. The winners of the Democratic primary between Shammas Malik and the Rev. Curtis Walker and the Republican primary between Gregory Dunham and Brian Fortney now may face independent candidate and Realtor Richard Burroughs, who filed signatures Monday. Burroughs ran and lost as an independent in Ward 4 in 2015.
Keith John Elrod, who failed to get enough signatures to run in 2013, withdrew this year as a Democratic challenger to Ward 9 Councilman Mike Freeman in Tuesday's election. Instead, Elrod will bypass the primary and face Freeman as an independent candidate in November.
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