JEFFERSON — Ashtabula City Council will have several new faces next year, as a pair of incumbents chose not to seek re-election.
Petitions for the May 8 primary election were due Thursday at the Ashtabula County Board of Elections Office.
A long-time public official, Ward 2 council member Democrat August Pugliese is not running for re-election, choosing to retire after serving the city for more than 50 years, as an employee, city manager and council person.
“I served in all three City Halls,” he said. “I enjoyed it all.”
Republican Christopher McClure, who serves as council’s vice president, said he’s not running for re-election because he doesn’t have the time to dedicate to council and meetings.
“I had a good time. I think we moved the ball forward and I think we have some great momentum,” he said. “I cherish my friendships truly with everyone I served with, no matter the party, no matter the disagreements we may have had along the way — we all wanted the same thing and that was what we thought would best serve our community.”
A dozen local candidates are seeking Ashtabula city offices and submitted petitions by Thursday’s deadline.
So far, four have been approved by the Election Board staff, said Duane Feher, board director. The others will be reviewed by the board for certification at Wednesday’s meeting.
Election board staff have found no problems with candidate petitions submitted for Council-at-large incumbent John Roskovics, a Democrat; Ward 1 incumbent Kym Foglio, a Democrat; City Manager incumbent Jim Timonere, also a Democrat, and incumbent City Solicitor, Michael Franklin, a Republican.
The following people filed petitions, but have not yet been approved and certified:
• To fill two Ashtabula City Council-at-large seats, Ward 4 Council member Michael Speelman, and Ashtabula physician Edward Carrillo, both Republicans, and Ken Vanyo, who filed as an independent candidate. Along with Roskovics, all four candidates would move on from the May primary to the November General Election.
• In Ward 1, Republican Tom Kane filed a petition.
• In Ward 2, Republican Earl Tucker filed petitions as did Democrat Calvin Crawford, and they would face off in the November General Election if both are approved Wednesday.
• Independent candidate Darrell Hamilton hopes to vie for the city’s top seat in November with Timonere, the Democrat incumbent.
• Ashtabula Municipal Judge Laura DiGiacomo, a Republican, filed for re-election.
An Ashtabula County attorney and former assistant county prosecutor, DiGiacomo was appointed judge of the Municipal Court in January 2015 by Gov. John Kasich.
She replaced Albert Camplese, who in the fall of 2014 was elected to Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court, probate/juvenile division. DiGiacomo then won the election in November 2015 for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31, 2019.