August 28, 2014

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North Ridgeville Council candidates’ names released

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A longtime dentist and several business professionals are among eight people who have applied to be appointed to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Richard Jaenke, who died July 5.

The names of seven candidates and copies of profiles they submitted to City Council President Kevin Corcoran were released late Thursday by Law Director Andrew Crites after a public records request for the information by The Chronicle-Telegram.

Corcoran had declined to release the information earlier in the week on grounds he hadn’t yet informed fellow City Council members about the candidates, and he was afraid release of the names might dissuade additional people from applying for the post.

Crites concluded the applicants’ names and information was a matter of public record.

Corcoran, who asked that all applicants submit bios and resumes to his personal email, set a 5 p.m. deadline today for applicants to submit their names.

Council has 30 days from the date of its July 15 meeting to name a successor to fill the remainder of Jaenke’s term as 3rd Ward councilman.

Jaenke, 78, a Republican, was re-elected to his fourth term in November 2011 when he defeated Democrat Jerry Armstrong, a vice president of a client services group for PNC Bank in Cleveland.

Armstrong is vying for the post left open by Jaenke’s death. He had run unsuccessfully to be among a trio of Democrats running against Council’s three GOP incumbent at-large members this fall.

Others seeking the seat are:

  • Dr. Ron Arndt, a longtime local dentist and former one-term president of City Council, who now operates a dental consulting firm;
  • Mario Cipriano, president of T&M Technology Solutions Inc. of Elyria, and member of the city’s Board of Building and Zoning Appeals and Charter Review Commission;
  • Steve Hales, stainless steel product manager of Ken Mac Metals in Cleveland, and former six-year member of the city Civil Service Commission;
  • Jason R. Mould, an architect and principal of Emd Studio Inc. Architecture and Sustainable Design in North Ridgeville;
  • Josanne Pagel, executive director of physician assistant services at Cleveland Clinic and a volunteer physician assistant at the Lorain County Free Clinic;
  • Larry Pierce, a risk-management information systems consultant for HYLANT, a firm in Independence;
  • Christopher Turay, vice president, product manager of product management and research fro PNC Investments in Cleveland.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.