There is a formal list of candidates and issues in Cuyahoga County for the Nov. 2 election. The filing deadline for candidates was Aug. 4. There are contested elections for council members in Gates Mills, Orange Village and Pepper Pike. There are also contested school board elections for Chagrin Falls, Orange and Solon schools.
The six candidates for four Gates Mills council seats are newcomers David Atton, Laurie Deacon and Michael Press and incumbents Larry Frankel, Nancy Sogg and Craig Steinbrink. In Orange Village, the five candidates for four council seats are incumbents Alan Charnas, Judson Kline, Lisa Perry and Brent Silver and newcomer Amanda Kurland. There are five candidates for four council seats in Pepper Pike, including Cathy Hwang, Melanie Weltman, Emmy Zatroch and incumbents Richard Leskovec and Scott Newell.
Nine candidates, including Calvin Felder, Jr., Erin Gooch, Mandy Hilston, Meghan McClain, Lauren Miller, Robert Schleper, Jr., Jeffrey Wenninger and incumbents Lori Bendall and Mary Kay O’Toole, are running for three seats on the Chagrin Falls Board of Education. Five candidates are running for three seats on the Orange school board, including newcomers Nathan Haber and Adam Hedaya and incumbents Rebecca Boyle, Jeff Leikin and Scott Bilsky. For the Solon Board of Education, Michele Barksdale and Caryne Urbank and incumbent John Heckman are running for two seats.
There is also a contested council primary election in Solon on Sept. 14 for Ward 4. Michael Kan and Antonino Machi are challenging incumbent Marc Kotora for one council seat. The top two vote-getters will face off on Nov. 2.
There are also several issues on the ballot throughout the Chagrin Valley. The Village of Chagrin Falls has four charter amendments. They would allow council members to be elected for a term of four years and stagger the terms and voters will be able to select a new mayor in a following election if the mayor’s position becomes vacant. The other two charter amendments make changes to initiative petitions and require zoning code amendments to be read by title for three consecutive readings. In Solon, there is a proposed five-year, 0.5-mill levy renewal for vehicles and equipment for the service department. Solon also has a zoning amendment to rezone 1.8 acres on Aurora Road from single family residential use to an office use.