May 2023 ballot: Contested primaries brewing for Dover, Uhrichsville mayor positions

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NEW PHILADELPHIA ‒ The positions of mayor in Dover and Uhrichsville have drawn a great deal of interest, with three candidates filing for the office in Dover and four in Uhrichsville.

Wednesday was the deadline for partisan candidates to file for the May 2 primary.

Shane Gunnoe
Shane Gunnoe
Nick Homrighausen
Nick Homrighausen

In Dover, Republicans Shane Gunnoe and Nicholas Homrighausen and Democrat Colby Byrom have filed for the position.

Gunnoe served eight months as interim mayor of the city and previously was council president.

Homrighausen is executive director of the Harrison County Community Improvement Corp. He is the son of former Mayor Richard Homrighausen, who was found guilty in November of theft in office, dereliction of duty and four counts of soliciting improper compensation related to fees he collected for officiating at weddings.

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Byrom formerly served as Dover city treasurer.

If their petitions are approved by the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections, Gunnoe and Homrighausen will face each other in the May primary.

Uhrichsville mayor's race

Mark Haney
Mark Haney
Jim Zucal
Jim Zucal

In Uhrichsville, Democrats Mark Haney and Jim Zucal have filed petitions to run for mayor, as have Republican Suzanne Bower and Independent Wendy Mann. Haney is serving his first four-year term as mayor and Zucal and Mann are members of city council.

If their petitions are approved, Haney and Zucal will face each other in the May primary. Mann's name will not appear on the May ballot because she is running as an independent.

Other candidate filings:


Mayor ‒ Joel Day, Republican (incumbent).

Council president ‒ Donald Kemp, Republican (incumbent).

Auditor ‒ Beth Gundy, Republican (incumbent).

Law director ‒ no one filed.

Council at large ‒ J. Randy Feemster, Democrat; Thomas C. Simmelink, Republican; Kristofer A. Kreinbihl, Republican; Michael E. Walker, Republican; Andrew Martin Kamban, Democrat.


Council president ‒ Justin Perkowski, Republican (incumbent); Zachary Wallick, Republican.

Auditor ‒ Nicole L. Stoldt, Democrat (incumbent).

Law director ‒ Douglas J. O'Meara, Democrat (incumbent); Gina Space, Democrat.

Ward I council ‒ Gregory M. Bair, Democrat (incumbent); Joshua D. Legg, Republican.

Ward II council ‒ Kevin Korns, Republican (incumbent); Sean R. Ring, Republican.

Ward III council ‒ Sandy Moss, Democrat (incumbent); Cody J. Jerles, Republican.

Ward IV council ‒ Robert A. Mueller, Democrat (incumbent); Nathan Johnson, Republican; Marcus A. Schwarm, Republican.


Law director ‒ no one filed.

Auditor ‒ no one filed.

Ward I council ‒ Matt Fox, Democrat (incumbent).

Ward II council ‒ Terry Engstrom, Democrat (incumbent); Leigh Ann McCray, Republican.

Ward III council ‒ Harold J. Shamel II, Democrat.

Ward IV council ‒ Paulette Clark, Democrat.


Mayor ‒ Greg L. DiDonato, Democrat (incumbent).

Council ‒ Tracie Bolitho, Democrat (incumbent); Vickie O'Hara, Republican (incumbent).


Mayor ‒ Patrick M. Cadle, Republican (incumbent).

Council ‒ no one filed.

Board of Public Affairs ‒ no one filed.


Nanette DeGarmo VonAllman, Democrat (incumbent).

Candidates will not appear on the May primary ballot unless their petitions are certified by the board of elections. The board will meet Feb. 13 to certify petitions.

This article originally appeared on The Times-Reporter: Candidates file petitions for May primary in Tuscarawas County