ASHTABULA — In Ashtabula City Council’s Ward 3 race, an incumbent who has been in the seat less than a year will face off with a newcomer to the political scene.

Republican Kristy Hosken hopes to retain the seat she’s occupied since January when the Precinct Committee appointed her to the seat vacated by Republican Alice Cook, who resigned because of health concerns. Her opponent is Reginald “Ricky” Holman, a Democrat.

Growing up in Ashtabula and a graduate of Harbor High, Hosken said she believes she knows the city and its residents. She earned a diploma in paralegal studies and is married to Timothy Hosken, a police officer in the city. 

They are proud to raise their family in Ashtabula, Hosken said, adding she wants to bring to see positive changes to the city.

“We need to try and combat the increasing drug problem,” she said. “We are losing lives.”

Holman, a graduate of Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School, now known as A-Tech, is a licensed hairstylist who’s lived in Ashtabula for most of his life. He believes Ashtabula can become a better place and grow.

After high school, he attended Chattahoochee Valley Community College. He is a current member of the NAACP and attends Hiawatha Church in Ashtabula. 

“I believe I can bring new ideas and help in making Ashtabula a better place to live by moving forward,” Holman said. “I regret not being more involved in the community and government, but I feel it’s never too late.”

Hosken said she looks forward to working with her fellow council members and bringing new business opportunities into the city.

“We have so much potential here,” she said.

If elected, Holman said he will push

to further economic

development and

create jobs.

“I feel with my

position Ward 3 and its residents can

have a voice, work with city officials and the community to

improve our neighborhoods,” he said.

“I would not make it

so hard for good

working people to get a job.”