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Six races are on tap for Cuyahoga Falls City Council in Tuesday's election

By Gina Mace correspondent

CUYAHOGA FALLS:  Six of the 10 City Council members up for re-election face opposition in Tuesday's election.

The two at-large seats, held by Jeff Iula and Carol Klinger, along with Ward 2 representative Mary Ellen Pyke and Terry Mader, who represents Ward 8, are unopposed. All four are Republicans.

Ward 6 voters will see two new names on their ballot.  Their councilman, Don Walters, decided to forgo reelection to run against Mayor Donald L. Robart for the top city office.

Here is a list of candidates for the rest of the city council races.  

Ward 1

Incumbent Vincent Rubino, 62, was appointed in March 2008 and won election a year later. The Democrat retired as CEO of Hope Homes, which serves people with physical challenges. His opposition for a second full term is Republican Lynn Weihe.  No other information was available for Weihe.  

Ward 3

Republican Vic Pallotta, 64, was appointed to City Council in June to fill the seat left vacant when Ken Barnhart resigned in May.  He is retired from YRC Transportation and president of the Marian Lake Homeowners Association.

Running against Pallotta is Democrat Mike Penta, 38.  He works as a Deputy Clerk at Stow Municipal Court.

Ward 4

Democrat Mary Nichols-Rhodes, 53, was appointed to City Council in July to fill the seat vacated by Mark Ihasz, who moved from the ward. She is a licensed practical nurse.

Republican Robert Weinhardt, 65, is challenging her for the seat.  He is retired from Toshiba.  Weinhardt is a member of the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Zoning Appeals.

Ward 5

Incumbent Paul Colavecchio, 57, a Democrat, was appointed to City Council in February to replace his wife, Diana Colavecchio, who was appointed Clerk of Stow Municipal Court.  He is an attorney who practices in Cuyahoga Falls.  

Challenger Denise Ahern, 46, a Republican, is a sales executive for a local company.

Ward 6

Democrat Gary DeRemer, 43, is a receiving clerk and real estate agent. Republican Richard L. Prunty, 60, is a retired teacher and coach.

Ward 7

Democrat Jerry James, 56, has served on City Council for 12 years.  He works for Summit County as an executive assistant. Challenging James is Republican Greg Roush, 47. He is vice-president of sales and marketing for a transportation company.  He also serves on the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Zoning Appeals.