Akron — Incumbent Ohio House 38th District Rep. Marilyn Slaby will likely face Tim Crawford in the November election, after she and Crawford were the only two candidates to file petitions Feb. 5 for their parties’ nominations in the May 6 primary election. The Summit County Board of Elections is expected to certify the petitions Feb. 18.
The 38th district includes western portions of Summit and Stark Counties, including Sagamore Hills, Boston, Boston Heights, Peninsula and Bath.
According to the biography on the state’s House of Representatives website, Slaby was born and raised in Summit County and lives in Copley. She graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School and Heidelberg College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught at Cuyahoga Falls before running a preschool and serving as an administrative assistant at the Summit County Board of Elections. At the time, she also ran two businesses.
Slaby and her husband, former State Rep. Lynn Slaby, have three children and four grandchildren.
Slaby was appointed to a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives in 2004, and was appointed to serve again following the resignation of her husband to become commissioner of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission in 2012.
According to his biography on the Summit County website, Crawford has served on Summit County Council since 1993. He was born in the former village of Loyal Oak in Norton, graduated from Barberton High School and attended Kent State University and Salem College. He and his wife, Debbie Nettle, have four children.
A former mayor of the City of Norton, Crawford has been a self-employed insurance agent for 26 years, was a board member with the Salvation Army for 28 years, and is a life member of the NAACP, the Norton Historical Society and the Summit County Historical Society. He was also a coach for girls fast pitch softball for 14 years and owns the Crawford-Knecht Cider Mill, home of Norton’s Loyal Oak Cider Festival.