ASHTABULA — Two familiar faces will be sitting for two council at-large seats on Ashtabula City Council after Tuesday’s election.

Voters gave Council President John Roskovics, a Democrat, 1,344 votes, allowing him to retain his seat and Ward 4 Councilman Michael Speelman, a Republican, came in second with 807 votes and will move to the vice president’s chair, according to the Ashtabula County Board of Elections unofficial results.

The current vice president, Christopher McClure, did not seek re-election.

“I’m so grateful to be given this opportunity,” Roskovics said. “I care for our city and I’m glad the people trust me to continue making positive changes.”

Roskovics, 61, a lifelong Ashtabula resident, said he’s running for president again because he wants to continue the work council has started and make a more concerted effort to improve the quality of life and image of the city.

Speelman, 42, a graduate of Ashtabula High School who served 21 years in the Marine Corps, owns the Chalk Box on Main Avenue, along with his wife, Chrissy.

He could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

“I am running for council at large because I feel that the City of Ashtabula is in need of a change,” he said previously. “I have a proven record of integrity, honesty and leadership.”

Republican candidate, Dr. Edward Carrillo, 71, received 762 votes and Independent candidate, Kenneth Vanyo Sr., 66, garnered 589 votes, according to the unofficial results.

 

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