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Five city issues on Barberton’s Nov. 5 ballot

By Alison Stewart
Akron Beacon Journal

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There will be a race for clerk of courts between Zack Milkovich, 48, and incumbent Diana Stevenson, 46.

Both are residents of Barberton.

Milkovich is single and currently serves as District 35 state representative. He graduated from Central-Hower High School in 1983 and took several courses at The University of Akron.

Stevenson is married with two children and was appointed clerk of courts of Barberton in 2012. Stevenson graduated from The University of Akron School of Law cum laude in 1991 and has over 20 years of legal experience.

There will be a race between incumbent David Fish and Jill Flagg for election as judge in the Barberton Municipal Court.

Fish, age 54, has held this position since 2008 and is a Democrat. He has two children and is a resident of Copley. Fish received his BA from The University of Akron School of Law in 1984.

Fish has worked with the Ohio Supreme Court to create a certified Mental Health Treatment Court to deal with the most severe and persistently mentally ill in the community.

Flagg, 33, is a Republican and resides in Green. She is married with two children and has been an attorney for seven years. Flagg graduated with her BA from The University of Akron School of Law cum laude in 2004.

Two renewals will be on this year’s ballot, including a countywide issue to continue paying taxes for the future of the Akron Zoo.

The Akron Zoo is a first class wildlife center where more than 2,700 animals reside, including lions, tigers, red pandas, snow leopards, Komodo dragons, and more. This past year, the zoo was able to open up a new grizzly bear exhibit also featuring wolves and otters.

If approved, this plan will allow the zoo to continue the same exceptional care for its animals and to keep adding new exhibits, animals, education programs and services.

Another renewal issue that will be presented on the ballot is the continuance of paying taxes to support the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Summit County.

The ADM Board provides 24 hour access to people in crisis and provides screening, assessment, referral, treatment and support services for adults, teens and children with mental illness and/or alcohol/drug addiction.

Issue 8, a proposed plan to increase income taxes by 0.25 percent for the resurfacing and reconstruction of Barberton roads, will be a large issue on the ballot.

According to School Board president Joseph Stephen, there will be no school issues featured on the Nov. ballot.


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