Fresh face joins Newton Falls council

Incumbent wins at-large position

NEWTON FALLS — An incumbent for council at-large will serve again and a fresh face to politics will take the 1st Ward seat, according to general election results Tuesday.

With 56.1 percent of votes, Tarry Alberini, incumbent, bested former mayor Patrick Layshock’s 43.9 percent of the votes for the at-large seat, according to incomplete, unofficial results.

In the 1st Ward, newcomer Joe Battisti collected 53.2 percent of votes compared to Keith Capirano’s 46.8 percent, according to incomplete, unofficial results.

Alberini, who moved to the village in 2004, served as a Warren trustee from 1990 to 1996 and just completed his first four-year term as an at-large councilman.

Alberini said the results show the council is on the right track.

He said he wants to continue to work on his goals of destroying the community’s opiate problem and make the village stronger and better economically by bringing business and homes to the newly annexed land. Alberini also said he wants to rebuild the downtown area and bring back small shops.

In regards to the community center, Alberini said he wants to focus on the other projects and address the historic building when it’s brought back up.

With no plans to pursue politics in the future, Layshock said he looks forward to work with Alberini and will continue to work with the Newton Falls Preservation Foundation.

“There’s a lot of positive change awaiting Newton Falls,” Layshock said. “The only thing stopping us from realizing this is us.”

Even though he’s new to politics, Battisti has been a firefighter for years and said he wants to work on improving safety services in the village. With the annexed land available, Battisti also said he wants to bring in new businesses.

He was unable to be reached for comment Tuesday night, but before the election, Battisti said he wants residents to tell him what they want and then work to represent them.

Capirano said he has no plans to run again and will return to working and supporting his family. He said is disappointed with the results, but hopes Battisti does well.

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