North Canton City Council will look a little different after the election of two new members Tuesday night.
, an attorney and senior trust officer at Premier Bank & Trust, came out victorious in the North Canton Council-at-Large race in which voters chose three council members. (Incumbents and , who was appointed to an open council seat this year, also were voted in.)
— an attorney at Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh — ran against incumbent for the Ward 3 seat and won.
Election results through the Stark County Board of Elections still are unofficial.
“I knew it was going to be a real big challenge running against any incumbent, but I talked to some folks who gave me some really good advice to run a successful campaign at that level, and they said time and again, it’s really going out and meeting the folks in your ward,” Fox said.
Fox said he used every Saturday and Sunday during election season to visit residents who vote regularly. When the residents weren’t home, he’d make sure to stop back to talk to them, he said.
“I think that’s what really made the difference.”
Voters chose three of five candidates for the council-at-large position. Candidates were Griffith, Cerreta, Kiesling, and .
While Cerreta and Kiesling keep their at-large positions, Griffith joins council for the first time. He talked to North Canton Patch Tuesday night about what led residents to vote for him.
“I think what resonated most was just a positive attitude and a collaborative spirit,” Griffith said. “I think people are frustrated with things kind of getting bogged down, and I think what people wanted — not just with me, but with government in general — were people who can accomplish things.”
Incumbent beat out for North Canton mayor.
Held said he still will focus his attention on bringing jobs to the city.
“Our administration works as a team in order to provide the best possible services to the people of North Canton,” he said. “It’s our goal to bring more jobs to the Hoover facility and to continue improving the city’s operational efficiency and effectiveness.”
Held said he knocked on 2,000 doors during his campaign to listen to residents’ concerns about the city.
“I think it’s important to listen to the people of our city. These are the people that we serve, and their input is very important to me. And if I had enough time I would have knocked on every door.”
Other election results
, current council president, will keep his seat as Ward 4 councilman after beating write-in candidate .
Ward 1 Councilman ran unopposed and garnered 776 votes.
Ward 2 Councilman ran unopposed and garnered 1,094 votes.
See unofficial totals for the mayor and council positions below.
*Editor's note: Results were updated at 9:30 a.m. today, with all precincts reporting.Race Candidate Unofficial Number of Votes Mayor David Held (incumbent) 5148 Frankie Colantuono 1022 Council-at-Large Marcia Kiesling (incumbent) 3859 Mark Cerreta (incumbent) 3779 Dan Griffith 3220 Chuck Osborne 1805 Allen D. Wells 1695 Ward 1 Doug Foltz (incumbent) 886 Ward 2 Daniel Jeff Peters (incumbent)
1325 Ward 3 Timothy L. Fox
928 Jeffrey Davies (incumbent) 700 Ward 4 John Snyder (incumbent) 1191 Hillary Mueller (write-in candidate) 256