Council adds 2 new members

Election results are in

Tayler Thompson

Herald Staff Writer

Residents voted Nov. 5 in the general election and the results for Barberton City Council are as follows: 

Thomas “Bebe” Heitic will take on the at-large position, beating Michael Soyars by 39 votes. 

• Councilwoman Shannon Wokojance lost her 1st Ward position to newcomer Justin Greer. Wokojance said, “I ran a strong race and had a lot of support. My campaign team was an amazing group and I have some forever friends new and old. I’m not giving up on Barberton and I’ll still be a dedicated community member advocating for all of you.” Greer edged out Wokojance by 94 votes. 

Nina Angeloff will remain as the 2nd Ward councilwoman, receiving 12 more votes than Josh Vaughan. Angeloff stated, “I want to thank my residents in Ward 2 for allowing me to represent them for another four years and thank you for voting.”

•After winning the September primary against Ellen Betts, Shorter Griffin beat Christopher Ison in Tuesday’s general election by 373 votes. He will represent the 3rd Ward starting in January 2020. 

• Councilwoman Carol Frey will remain in her 6th Ward seat, winning over write-in opponent Kim Trenary.

• n the Barberton Municipal Court Judge race, Jill Flagg Lanzinger unseated incumbent David E. Fish by 1,490 votes.

• Barberton City Schools Board of Education winners were :

Megann Eberhart 2,218

Pat Boyle 1,832

Thomas Harnden 1,813

• Issue 5 Barberton City School District levy passed with 875 votes.

2,363 for the levy and 1,488 against. 


• Norton Mayor Mike Zita beat challenger Tom Petrich by 519 votes.

• Norton City Schools Board of Education winners were:

Jennifer Bennet 1,851

Louis E. Ule 1,759

• Norton City Council winners were:

Joe Kernan 1,422

Charlotte Whipkey  1,354

Scott Pelot 1,263

• Those who won positions in the primary and were running unopposed in this election were:

Mayor William Judge

Finance Director Jeremy Flaker

Law Director Lisa Miller

4th Ward council Shaun Rocky Jaber

5th Ward council Joyce Coburn


  1. Change is Coming on November 6, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    It is about time we have representation that is not one sided. I have faith Barberton can be restored! Way to go, Greer and Heitic are here to stay. I am proud to say Barberton home again.

    • edbassmaster on November 6, 2019 at 8:21 pm


  2. Ihatethistown on November 6, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I cannot believe we elected a no education PIMP, for the at large council position

    • packer up on November 6, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      and ship er on out!

    • edbassmaster on November 6, 2019 at 8:20 pm

      that you Greta??? HOW DARE YOU!!!

    • Toddy C on November 6, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      You elected me from prison?

      • edbassmaster on November 7, 2019 at 6:59 am

        😂 roll,troll and bowl!!!

  3. Coach on November 6, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    The blacks win again.

    • edbassmaster on November 6, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      broken record

  4. Independent on November 6, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Proud of you Shannon! Too many people with hate in their hearts for no reason. You are a wonderful leader!

    • G.O.P. on November 6, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      The people have spoken fair and square. The Good Old Boys Club is NO MORE!

  5. Lynn on November 6, 2019 at 9:00 am

    The Ward 2 race is Barberton is not over yet. Provisional ballots still need counted. Since there is only 12 votes separating the candidates, there will be a recount.

    • G.O.P. on November 6, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      How hard is it to count 1,800 ballots? Not even 10% of the population of the city voted. Sad turnout!

      • Facts 1st on November 6, 2019 at 1:38 pm

        Hello? There are 3,806 party registered voters in all of Barberton. The other 11,000 registered are not listed under any party affiliation.

        You don’t count voter turnout against an entire cities population. Barberton has a large amount of citizens under voting age.

        In all of ward 2, there are 670 voters registered with a party affiliation. Where is the 1,800 from?

        C’mon man.

  6. G.O.P. on November 6, 2019 at 7:54 am

    About time we start seeing some Republicans elected around here. The “Good Old Boys Club” is about to be broken up.

  7. Bobo on November 6, 2019 at 1:17 am

    I hope Petrich demands a recount….

    • Rubber City Rebel on November 6, 2019 at 7:58 am

      L O S E R !

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