CONNEAUT — Two men will compete for the position of Conneaut Municipal Court judge this November.
Current Judge Carl DiFranco is running to keep his seat, and Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci is hoping to claim the job himself.
Iarocci, a Conneaut native, announced his candidacy in March. He has strong ties to Conneaut, including serving on the Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Education, Conneaut Port Authority Board and acting as a coach and sports broadcaster.
DiFranco's campaign has also highlighted his Conneaut ties, including participating in the 4th of July parade and running in the Conneaut SPARC 5K, and judging this year's Junior Innovation Challenge at Conneaut Middle School.
While there are no contested races for Conneaut City Council, the city will see four new faces at meetings, as President Deborah Newcomb, Councilperson-at-large Nick Perkoski, Ward 1 Councilperson Stephen Gerics, and Ward 2 Councilperson Nick Sanford are all not seeking reelection.
Newcomb previously served as a state representative for the 99th district, and is currently the executive director of the Conneaut Human Resources Center.
First elected to City Council in the 90s, Newcomb rejoined the council in 2013, serving as ward 3 councilperson before being elected as President of Conneaut City Council in 2017.
Jon Arcaro, former council member and retired police chief, is the only candidate for council president. Richard Gaugh is the only person running for Gerics' Ward 1 seat, and Terry Moisio Jr. is the only candidate for Sanford's Ward 2 seat. Tammy Ledford is running for council-at-large.
Sanford's decision was based on his job and family, he said.
"It was a very, and I emphasize very, difficult decision," Sanford said, "but I need to focus my priorities, with family first, and then my work with the county."
Gerics' decision was also based on time. "I can't really devote all the time I would like to the position," he said.
Perkoski left the door open to running for council again in the future, but said his work schedule would not let him commit the amount of time needed to City Council.
Current at-large councilperson Angel McVoy, Ward 3 councilperson Joseph Emery, and Ward 4 councilperson Thomas Kozesky are all running unopposed for their current seats on Conneaut City Council.
Deborah Newcomb could not be reached for comment.