By George W. Davis
Who will sit on City Council and the Green Local Board of Education for the next four years will be decided at Tuesday’s general election, along with a proposed ordinance by citizen petition to abolish utility districts in the city.
Two of the four ward council races already have been decided, because nobody challenged incumbent Ward 4 Councilman John “Skip” Summerville for his second four-year term or Green businessman James Ahlstrom, who sought a first term as Ward 1 councilman for the seat being vacated Jan. 1.
Ward 1 Councilman James Colopy and Ward 2 Councilman David France were ineligible to run again because of term limits.
Seeking France’s seat are Ward 2 residents Rick Jacobson, Greg Padrutt and Bob Young.
Challenging appointed incumbent Ward 3 Councilman Ken Knodel is Matthew Williams.
With three to elect in the school board election, incumbents Bob Campbell and Steven Foster are seeking to retain their seats.
Those vying to unseat the incumbents and fill the seat being vacated at the end of the year by member Lynn Wiggins are Sally Fanelly, Rick Miller and Katie Stoynoff.
Green voters will decide whether to abolish utility districts within Green [Issue 10] or remain as part of the Summit County Utility District.
In September, France explained that council had no choice but to submit the issue to the elections board after a sufficient number of signatures on the citizen initiative petition were validated by elections officials.
Four local option petitions also are on the ballot for Green residents, dependent on the precinct in which they live.