Warren races line up
WARREN — The May 4 primary has drawn a slew of candidates in Warren, including three Republicans who are challenging standing Democrats in three city wards and two Democratic councilmen who are seeking new positions in the city.
If all candidates are certified by the Trumbull County Board of Elections on Tuesday, five of the council seats will see competition during the primary.
Warren City Council President Jim Graham, who took office in 2014 after defeating Robert Dean in a 2013 primary race, did not refile to run for the position. Instead, longtime Councilman John Brown, Oak Knoll Avenue NE, who is now an at-Large councilman, is pursuing the president seat unchallenged.
The three Republicans seeking seats in the 2nd, 4th and 5th wards have no primary challengers. David C. Burnham of Hall Street NW is pursuing the 2nd Ward seat, Kristin J. Riley of Washington Street NE is pursuing the 4th Ward seat and former council president Robert A. Marchese of Country Club Drive SE is pursuing the 5th Ward seat.
Longtime Democratic incumbent Al Novak in the 2nd Ward is being challenged by fellow Democrat Andrew Herman in the primary.
In the 4th Ward, no fellow Democrat is running against Mark A. Forte of Oak Knoll Avenue SE. And, in the 3rd Ward, Democrat Greg Greathouse of Bonnie Brae Avenue NE faces no primary challenge.
In the 1st Ward, Amanda Powell-Herbery of Denison Avenue NW is challenging Democratic incumbent Larry D. Larson of Niblock Avenue NW.
Democrat Ken MacPherson of Central Parkway Avenue SE is not seeking the 5th Ward seat again in this run, but instead is tossing his hat into the council at-large position. There are three seats available, and incumbent Democrats Gary Steinbeck of Tod Avenue NW and Helen Rucker of Beechcrest Street NW are both seeking the seats again.
Two Democrats filed for the 5th Ward seat, Ashley Miner of Burton Street SE and Pierson Butcher of Hazelwood Avenue SE.
In the 6th Ward, Democrat Erica Royster of Ferndale Avenue SW is challenging incumbent Democrat Cheryl Saffold of Maple Street SW.
In the city’s 7th Ward, incumbent Democrat Ronald E. White Sr. of Parkman Road NW is being challenged by Susan Hartman of Elvina Street.
No one challenged Democrat Tom Letson of Tod Avenue NW for the city treasurer position.
In the mostly nonpartisan Newton Falls Village Council race, Brian Kropp of Elizabeth Street and Julie A. Stimpert of Paige Court are seeking the at-large seat held now by Tarry Alberini, who did not file a petition for the seat.
Michael A. Serotko of Circle Drive filed for the 1st Ward seat without a party. The seat now is held by Democrat Adam Zimmermann, who is seeking re-election. In the 3rd Ward, Tesa Spletzer of Ashlynn Court filed to retain the seat, and Charles Homa of Woodland Street is challenging her.
In the city of Niles, four Democrats are seeking three at-large positions on city council: incumbent Michael A. Lastic of Park Place; Albert J. Cantola Jr. of Vienna Avenue, who is now a 4th Ward councilman; Jimmy Julian of Robbins Avenue; and Richard Hale of Emma Street. Council at-large members Ryan McNaughton and Barry Profato did not file for the at-large seats.
Robert Marino filed, unchallenged, to continue serving as council president. In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd wards, the Democratic incumbents are going unchallenged.
Doug Sollitto of Bentwillow Drive filed to retain his 1st Ward seat, Sheri Smith of Robbins Avenue filed to keep her 2nd Ward seat and Linda Marchese of Summit Avenue filed to keep her 3rd Ward seat.
In the 4th Ward, the seat Cantola holds now, Democrat Mindy Devorich of Fifth Street was the only person to file for the seat.
Trumbull County candidate filings
These other Democrats filed to run in Trumbull County communities. An * denotes an incumbent.
• *Stephen Telego Jr., Cleveland Avenue, Niles, treasurer;
• *Mark Zuppo, Chippewa Court, Girard, treasurer;
• *Reynald J. Paolone, Hillside Drive, Girard, president of council;
• *Lily Martuccio, North State Street, Girard, council at-large;
• *Samuel Zirafi, Apache Trail, Girard, council at-large;
• *John N. Moliterno, Broadway Street, Girard, council at-large;
• *Keith M. Schubert, Seneca Drive, Girard, 1st Ward;
• *Mark Standohar, Prospect Street, Girard, 2nd Ward;
• *Jeff Kay, Kline Street, Girard, 3rd Ward;
• *Thomas F. Grumley, Crumlin Avenue, Girard, 4th Ward;
• Rashaan Dykes, Verona Avenue, Girard, 4th Ward;
• *Michael C. Villano, Grandview Avenue, Hubbard City, auditor;
• *Marsha A. Ruha, Voila Avenue, Hubbard City, treasurer;
• *Michael E. Kerr, Doris Drive, Hubbard City, council at-large;
• *Ryan Hallapy, Forest Hill Drive, Hubbard City, council at-large;
• *Jerome Crowe, Scott Street, Hubbard City, council at-large;
• *Bonnie Viele, Fox Street, Hubbard City, 1st Ward;
• Paul R. Toth, Church Street, Hubbard City, 2nd Ward;
• *Robin V. Zambrini, Church Street, Hubbard City, 2nd Ward;
• * Michael J. Mogg Sr., Stewart Street, Hubbard City, 3rd Ward;
• *Michael K. Toda, Elizabeth Street, Hubbard City, 4th Ward;
• Cathy Cummings, Doris Drive, Hubbard City, 4th Ward;
• Chad Jones, Illinois Avenue, McDonald, village council;
• Kyle Joynes, Ohio Avenue, McDonald, village council.