CUYAHOGA FALLS: For the third time, a vacant Cuyahoga Falls Council seat will stay in the family.
Ken Barnhart, who has represented Ward 3 for nearly 16 years, resigned May 15 to spend more time painting.
His wife, Arden Barnhart, 56, was chosen by the Ward 3 Republican Central Committee Tuesday night to take his place.
Barnhart beat out Victor L. Pallotta, a lifelong Cuyahoga Falls resident and president of Marian Lake Home Owners Association, by a vote of 3-2.
Also vying for the seat was Tom Baldwin, a former Wadsworth City Council member who moved to Cuyahoga Falls in 2008.
In January, Paul Colavecchio replaced his wife, Diana, as Ward 5 representative when she was appointed clerk of courts for Stow Municipal Court.
Carrie Hummel-Snyder was elected two years ago to take her mother’s at-large seat. Kathy Hummel resigned from council in 2011.
Arden Barnhart said she and her husband worked in tandem while he represented Ward 3 by fielding calls and helping residents when her husband was unavailable.
They also worked together in their business, Ad Graphics, which they have owned for 30 years and Arden Barnhart has run for the past 10, when her husband retired.
“I’m looking forward to serving the residents of Ward 3,” she said.