7 seek at-Large seat in Warren

WARREN — Seven people have thrown their hats into the ring to replace Safety Service Director Eddie Colbert as an at-Large Councilman.

Trumbull County Parliamentarian Jeff Goodman on Thursday said Daniel Aulizia and Gary Steinbeck are joining current 5th Ward Councilman Ken MacPherson in the race for the citywide council seat. As of the 4 p.m. Friday deadline, Edward Killingsworth Jr., D’Andre Bowers and former council members Eugene Mach and Susan Hartman also applied.

Democratic party precinct committee members are expected to vote on Colbert’s replacement during a meeting at 10:30 a.m. today at Enzo’s Restaurant, 2918 Elm Road NE.

MacPherson said earlier this week he is seeking to expand his base.

“I’ve had pretty good experience working as a ward councilman,” he said. “If selected, I will use that experience at a city-wide level.”

As an at-Large councilman, MacPherson said he will expect more, demand better and will hold people accountable. He has spoken to people in his ward about his decision to seek the at-large seat.

“They know I still will be working to address the issues facing them,” he said. “We need a person that can run and win a citywide race against a Republican candidate.”

MacPherson advocates reducing the number of times council uses the “emergency” designation to pass legislation in order to encourage more discussion and possible citizen input about topics that may become city law.

MacPherson’s previous 5th Ward opponent, Robert Moody, originally applied for the seat, but then withdrew from consideration, saying he would not be able to give it the full attention it needs.

Aulizia has lived in the city all his life. He is married to Kay Aulizia, and they have a daughter, Erika, who now is a second-grade teacher at McGuffey PK-8 School.

He previously worked in the city’s water and waste water departments.

“When I worked in the water department, part of my job was to reduce the number of delinquent accounts in the department,” Aulizia said. “Within seven months, we collected more than 35 percent of the past due payments. I worked for the wastewater department, where I sold Nature’s Blend.”

He purchased a Ford 9000 farm tractor to push a project for the administration to discover the correct amount of Nature’s Blend fertilizer to apply.

“We learned you need to apply eight to 12 tons per acre, instead of two to three per acre,” he said. “I was instrumental in planting more than 70 white pear tress along East Market, High Street, as well as North Park Avenue.”

He is the general manager at Colebook Elevator Inc.

“With my experience as an employee at the two largest revenue streams in the city, as well as working with government entities, I believe I also will be a valuable asset,” Aulizia said.

Steinbeck, a retiree of the United Steel Workers union, said he is very excited about the progress Warren has been making, especially with the downtown area.

“As a retiree of the United Steel Workers I have the time to make this committment,” Steinbeck said. “I’m intrigued by politics and have a passion for Warren. I love this town and I feel I can bring a lot to the table with my background and experience.”

Susan Hartman, a former 7th Ward councilmember from 1998 through 2011, said she is ready to come back and said she feels her previous experience with the budget and with council would be beneficial. She was defeated for the ward seat by Colbert.

“I enjoyed my time on council and representing the citizens of Warren. They deserve someone who is committed to listening to them,” Hartman said. “I’ve represented them before and I want to do it again.”

Bowers is the president of the National Neighborhood Initative and its local affiliate, Warren Neighborhood Initiative, which he founded in 2016. It is a non-profit organization focused on economic growth and development in targeted areas of the city.

“I want to aid in bridging the age gap in the city by getting younger people involved in the community,” Bowers said.

Mach and Killingsworth could not be reached for comment.