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Many incumbents abstain



Published: Fri, August 26, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Some councils and boards didn't get enough candidates for the open seats.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Several school board members in the Mahoning Valley opted not to seek re-election.

Thursday was the deadline for those running in most nonpartisan races -- including boards of education and township trustees -- to file nominating petitions with their county's board of elections for the Nov. 8 general election.

There were several notable incumbents who didn't file.

In Mahoning County, they include: John Maluso of Youngstown; Brad Gessner and Ray Slivochka of Austintown; Fred Davis of Boardman; Bruce E. Brocker, Sam Pitzulo and Mark Squicquero of Canfield; Joseph Edwards and Kandace Becker-Hagendorn of Struthers; and Alan D. Wenger of South Range.

In Trumbull County, incumbents not seeking re-election include: Gilbert L. Rieger of the county educational service center governing board; D. Lynn Gibson of Warren; Nick A. Bernard Sr. of Niles; Thomas F. Grumley and Mark P. Zuppo Sr. of Girard; Beverly Roush Hoagland and Michael C. Ranttila of Lakeview; and John K. Lallo and Richard J. Malone of Liberty.

In Columbiana County, those not running for another term include: Lou Ann Baker of the county educational service center governing board; Kim R. Maxwell and Nancy J. Hoaglin of East Palestine; Cindy Rottenborn of Salem; and Bill Grenawalt of Columbiana.

Some councils and boards of education didn't get enough candidates for the open seats including the Sebring, Wellsville and East Palestine school boards; and Craig Beach, Summitville and Washingtonville councils.

No one filed to run for the West Farmington council or for Craig Beach clerk/treasurer.

There are also some township trustees not running for re-election in the Valley including Judy Bayus of Canfield, Loy Metzler of Milton, James E. Stoddard of Weathersfield, Glen F. Wireman of Vienna and Jon Dowell of Hubbard.

'Tough job'

Serving on a school board or a board of township trustees is "truly public service," said William Binning, Youngstown State University political science department chairman.

Because of that, those serving on those boards can get burned out after a while, he said.

"You get more grief than money," Binning said. "In some cases, you get a lot of complaints from citizens. It's a tough job. It's harder to meet the citizens' expectations and demands because the money [needed to operate], particularly from the state, isn't there."

That is also the reason why the number of tax levies and questions is on the rise as well, he said.

There are almost 90 tax issues on the November ballot in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Of those, four are countywide in Trumbull, three in Columbiana, and six in Mahoning. Of those six in Mahoning, two are from the Western Reserve Transit Authority.

In comparison, there were about 75 tax issues on the 2003 ballot in the three counties.

Petitions for 69 liquor options were filed with the three election boards for the November election compared with 21 submitted in 2003.

Jamie Becker filed to run for Craig Beach council as did his father, James, who is an incumbent member.

Don Hanni III is running for township trustee in Coitsville.

He didn't fare too well the last time he ran for office, finishing seventh in the 2003 Youngstown school board race.

skolnick@vindy.com




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