Deadline passes for city council elections, new candidates enter races in Cleveland, Dayton, Liberty

The deadline to file to run for city council positions passed at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, with new candidates entering the races in Cleveland, Dayton and Liberty. Here’s who filed for office:

City of Cleveland

Position 3

  • James Franklin
  • Eddie Lowery

Position 4

  • Delores Terry
  • Rachel Hall
  • Desiree David

Position 5

  • Erika Montesnieto
  • Mike Doyle
  • Fred Terrell

City of Dayton

Position 1

  • Tonya Smikal
  • Dwight Pruitt

Position 2

  • Sherial Lawson
  • Janette Goulder-Frick
  • Josh Townsend

Position 3

  • John Headrick

City of Liberty

Unlike the cities of Cleveland and Dayton, where candidates run for specific positions, Liberty City Council positions are at-large, meaning the candidates with the top votes earn seats. In this year’s May 7 election, there are four candidates vying for the three open positions. These candidates are:

  • Ed Seymour
  • Dr. David W. Arnold
  • J.L. “Chipper” Smith
  • Tommy Brents

Only one candidate – Carl Pickett – signed up for the Liberty mayor position. Pickett is the current mayor.

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  1. Thank goodness there are some new candidates for the Cleveland city council. After watching the meeting it is clear that we need some new members who actually have the city’s best interest in mind.

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