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Wakeman mayoral, council races contested

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:59 AM

WAKEMAN This village has contested races for mayor and council in the Nov. 6 general election.

Mayor Stan Wolfe has three opponents challenging him on the ballot: Chris Hipp, Chuck Moore and Larry Cancel.

Hipp, of 53 River St., has lived in the community his whole life and said one reason he is running for the office is because his grandfather, John Burke, was mayor in the 1960s.

Hipp wants the community to come together and work for common goals. "There are so many people willing to do stuff, and all you have to do is ask," Hipp said.

He said young people need more things to do and envisions a community/recreation center as an excellent addition to the community.

Moore, of 11 North St., served on council for one term and said "I feel I have something to offer the village." Since he is retired, he would be a full-time mayor one who would be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

He says it is council's job to pass laws, and since laws are in force 24 hours a day and the mayor is the chief law enforcer, he should be accessible all the time.

Wolfe, of 66 Pleasant St., who is completing his second term as mayor, said although Wakeman has been through some tough times in the past eight years and he and the council have had to make some tough decisions, the village is still growing.

He points to the new vet clinic, Dollar General, two new subdivisions and medical clinic as proof of this growth. He adds the computerization of the village records has increased efficiency.

Wolfe wants to keep his office because he says, "I enjoy it and I like working with the citizens."

Cancel, of 22 Hyde St., did not return a candidate questionaire sent to him by the Reflector and was unavailable for comment for this story.

Three candidates are running for two Wakeman council seats: Jim Morman and incumbents Marilyn Dillon and Kathleen Frey.

Morman, a nine-year village resident and business owner, said "As a resident, father of three and business owner, I think I can serve the residents and businesses."

He has three goals in mind to make sure ordinances are enforced fairly and consistently, to give the police the tools they need to do their jobs and to bring in new business.

Morman, of 25 Clark St., Wakeman, is part of a group of Wakeman area business people who has already had several downtown clean-ups and organized a chicken barbecue that made $500 earmarked for park improvements.

Dillon, of 39 Pearl St., Wakeman, said she recently spoke to a third-grade class at Western Reserve and was very touched by the optimism and enthusiasm of the young students and that encouraged her to continue serving the community.

She said the interest in local government has increased during her time on council, and she hopes that continues.

Budgetary issues are something continuing to face the village, she said, because water lines need to be replaced, trees need to be trimmed and streets and sidewalks need work. She said she wants council to be "responsible to the community, and residents need to understand there are costs to running the village."

Kathleen Frey, of 50 River St., Wakeman, has served on council for a year and a half and wants to help instill "a sense of community" in Wakeman so people are working toward the same goals.

Agreeing with Dillon that water lines are not in good condition, she is concerned about rising utility rates and hopes as the community grows, costs will be spread out among more people.

She said the police department is doing a good job and moving in a positive direction.

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