Few changes in Southgate, Trenton

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
Few changes will be seen at city hall in Southgate and Trenton following yesterday’s general election, and incumbents in both city council races retained their seats.
Just over 16 percent of Southgate’s 21,750 registered voters participated in Tuesday’s polling according to the city clerk’s office. Incumbent Mayor Joseph Kuspa and Treasurer Jim Dallos ran unopposed, as did term-limited council woman Jan Ferencz in her bid for the clerk’s office, which had been vacant since the retirement this year of Thomas Alexander.
The seven city council seats were sought by 12 candidates; incumbents Ferencz, Phillip Rauch and Christopher Rollet were term-limited. The top seven vote-getters Tuesday were: Sheryl Denman (2,038 votes, 11 percent), John Graziani (1,970, 11 percent), incumbent Karen George (1,909, 10 percent), Mark Farrah (1,756, 9 percent), incumbent Bill Colovos (1,744, 9 percent) and incumbent Dale Zamecki (1,712, 9 percent).
Council members serve two-year terms and are limited to four terms in office. Challengers Altinia Kandrevas (1,595), Ernest Abercrombie (1,356), Edward Gawlik Jr. (1,143), Dino Papadopoulos (767) and Gerald Dusik (688) failed to win a seat.
In Trenton, staggered council seats and elected offices resulted in a short ballot, with six candidates seeking three expiring council seats.
The lone incumbent seeking re-election, Timber Baun-Crooks, topped the balloting with 1,650 votes (22 percent), and will be joined on the panel by Steven Rzeppa (1,487, 20 percent) and W. Dan Gillespie (1,451, 19 percent).
Council members serve four-year terms on the panel. Candidates Bob Baker (1,160, 15 percent), Tom Kinney (1,070, 14 percent) and Pamela O’Bryan (693, 9 percent) failed to win a seat.
Councilmen Terrence Teifer and Tim Taylor did not seek re-election. The terms of councilors Robert Howey, William LeFevre and MaryEllen McLeod expire in 2015, as do the terms of Mayor Kyle Stack, Clerk Patricia Gearhart and Treasurer Michael McCullogh.
All results are unofficial pending certification by the state board of canvassers.
(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)