DeLeone, Long, Sidoti advance in Kent

By Kyle McDonald | Staff Writer Published:

Three Democratic candidates advanced to November ballot for Kent City Council at-large seats in Tuesday's primary.

Incumbent Roger Sidoti, who was appointed to council in February 2012, came out on top, taking 1,121 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections. Councilman Mike DeLeone, currently in his 15th year as a council at-large member, finished with 915 votes, followed by Kent Planning Commission member Melissa Long with 740 votes. Former Councilman Robin Turner finished out of the running with 698 votes.

"I'm just truly overwhelmed and humbled," Sidoti said. "It increases the burden of responsibility to do the best possible job between now and the end of the current term and do what's best in the interest of Kent."

Long called her win "fantastic" after a previous unsuccessful bid for a council seat. In 2011, Long lost a bid for Garrett Ferrara's Ward 1 council seat by eight votes.

DeLeone said he was slightly nervous "never knowing know who's going to come out and vote," and plans to remain diligent on Kent council through the November election.

"I campaign every day," he said. "I talk to people. People call me, and I go all over the place listening, listening, listening."

Turner, who resigned his at-large seat in November 2012, was unavailable for comment.

Independents Doria Daniels and Councilman Scott Flynn, who was appointed to be an at-large councilman in November 2012, have filed as independents in the race and will face the three Democratic candidates for the three at-large seats in November.

No Republicans filed to run in this year's at-large council race.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1127 or kmcdonald@recordpub.com

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