Aurora -- The race for mayor will be crowded in November, as six people filed petitions to run for the post by the Aug. 22 deadline, while three of four City Council seats also will be contended.
The petitions were slated to be certified by the Portage County Board of Elections on Aug. 26.
If nothing is found wrong with their petitions, the field for mayor in the nonpartisan election will include Councilman John Kudley, Councilwoman Ann Womer Benjamin and community members Mark Demyan, Delbert Dunbar, John Monroe and Tom Plunkett.
Four candidates have filed petitions for one Council-at-Large seat. They are incumbent Joe Kastelic, appointed former Councilwoman Amy McDougald, former mayor Lynn McGill and Scott Wolf.
Filing for the three ward seats that are up grabs were:
incumbent Jim Vaca and Richard Duncan in Ward 1, Reva Barner in Ward 3 and incumbent Kathi Grandillo and Jim Tasker in Ward 5. Ward 3 Councilman Carl Rausch announced recently that he wouldn't run for re-election.
Three incumbents on the Aurora Board of Education are assured of returning to office, as they are the only ones to file for three seats open in the Nov. 5 election.
Board President Gerald Kohanski, a 15-year Board member, and members Beverly Kuch and Pam Mehallis, who both have served for eight years, filed petitions prior to the Aug. 8 deadline. Filing deadlines for city offices and School Board seats are two weeks apart.
Also on the ballot in Aurora is a 1.2-mill, five-year levy for police protection, a rezoning attempt for a property on East Garfield Road owned by James Occhinzzi and three countywide levies -- a 1-mill renewal for the Portage County Mental Health & Recovery Board and two renewals for the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities (0.9 mills for 10 years and 2 mills for five years).