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Ward 1 Kent Council Only Contested Race Today

Incumbent Garret Ferrara faces challenger Melissa Long

Only one of the six ward races for is contested today.

Incumbent Ward 1 representative , a Republican, faces Democratic challenger .

Ferrara, 44, first elected in 2000, works as a financial adviser. He holds a bachelor's degree in general studies from and a master's degree in business administration from Kent State.

Ferrara said previously he wants to stay on council to see through the ongoing downtown redevelopment efforts.

"Namely the and the downtown project," he said. "I’ve been on the bandwagon since it started, and we’re right on the cusp of making it all happen."

Long, 74, is a member of the Kent Planning Commission. She previously served four years as mayor of Cortland, OH, and as a member of Cortland City Council for 12 years.

She said previously the city needs to balance its budget along with spurring redevelopment.

"I’ve been on the planning commission now for four years," she said. "I would like to see the plans that are being brought to the city for all the downtown development come to fruition. I feel that I could probably, from this point on, be more productive in the legislative end of city government."

Also today, Kent voters will decide the fate of a .

The other city council races — for Wards 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 — will see at the ballot box. The same goes for the two Kent City Schools Board of Education seats on the ballot.

James Thomas November 08, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Just a note, as a voter in Stow I am envious of how open Kent's Council and City Administration are. Wish Stow could get past all the back stabbing as Kent has done. This is from a Non-Democrat.
Dave November 08, 2011 at 08:47 PM
This guy has got to stop being part of improvements in this town! I want to see dilapidated buildings rot further, waterways that are over 100 years old and deemed to be hazardous for any recreational use need to be kept as is! Empty run down buildings need to stay empty and run down! We need to get someone in there who cares less about improving Kent!
Matt Fredmonsky November 08, 2011 at 11:19 PM
We did do a slightly longer Q&A with Long. Here's the story: http://kent.patch.com/articles/melissa-long-running-for-kent-city-council-seat
Jon Ridinger November 09, 2011 at 02:33 AM
The dam removal was ordered by the Ohio EPA. Kent could have either kept the dam as it was or face fines or other major on-going costs. While the solution was probably the most expensive one possible, it did preserve the dam...it's still there just as it has been since 1836 even though the river goes around it now. It was a case of history vs. environmental concerns. What "historical" buildings has Ferrara voted to demolish? And no, pretty much everything in the downtown area that was demolished by the city and KSU was not historical by any means (being old doesn't mean historical) plus much of it was in terrible condition. Also, the Robin Hood was something council had absolutely no authority to stop or even act on since it was a privately owned structure. He has hardly voted to demolish the "whole downtown area".
Tom Simpson November 10, 2011 at 02:34 AM
I wish there would have been at least two people running for each seat.

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