Newcomer to serve on Girard council at-large

Will be joined by two incumbents

GIRARD — Two incumbents retained their at-large council seats, but it was a political newcomer who took the most votes and the third seat in general election voting Tuesday in Girard.

Incomplete and unofficial results had first-time candidate William Ryser receiving the most votes in the five-person race for council at-large seats with 27.4 percent; incumbent Lily Martuccio, 25 percent; incumbent John Moliterno, 24 percent; Dan Moadus, 12.8 percent; and Frank Vigarino, 10.7 percent

Ryser, principal at Girard High School, said, ”Although I am a newcomer to this, I believe in the city and look forward to working with the city administration, the rest of council and the citizens. I am grateful to have received the support from the community.”

Ryser said he is familiar with what is involved with leadership, having served 13 years with Girard city schools and having a military background.

Ryser said he will address repairs to roads and infrastructure by partnering with Trumbull County and neighboring communities for material purchasing for road repair efforts. He said he will also expand efforts to obtain Safe Routes to School sidewalk grants to be used by students walking to and from schools

Moliterno said he appreciates the support of the people of Girard to put him back on council.

”I look forward to next year and working with everyone to make Girard a better place,” he said.

Moliterno said Ryser coming on council will be ”an asset bringing his experience as a principal and military leadership background with him.”

Moliterno said he wants to continue to focus on building on the downtown central business district by promoting the area to bring business to Girard.

He said he will see what can be done with the former Ohio Leatherworks property and the Girard Lakes property.

Martuccio, who completed a two-year term on council, said she will continue working with on community downtown revitalization and work with the city’s zoning department to help with improving residential and business areas to promote growth in the city.

Moadus, who has served four terms on council as a Fourth Ward councilman, had sought re-election and Vigarino was marking his first attempt at office.