On the evening of October 1, 2019, The University of Mount Union’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement hosted a Meet the Candidates Night, featuring candidates for various offices ranging from the Mayor of Alliance to the Marlington School Board. The Candidates included:  

  1. David Smith and Alan Andreani for Alliance Mayor  

  1. Kristopher Bugara, Andrew Grove and Philip Mastroianni for Alliance City Council at Large  

  1. Cindy King for Alliance City Council Ward 2 

  1. Frank Minear for Alliance City Council Ward 3  

  1. Shelia Cherry for Alliance City Council Ward 1  

  1. Jim Edwards for Alliance City Council Ward 4 

  1. Thomas Hippley Jr., Josh Hagan, Mark Ryan and Danielle Stevens for Marlington School Board  

  1. Jacquline DeGarmo for Stark County Educational Service Center Board.  


Raider Student Media attended the event and had the opportunity to talk to some of the candidates to learn about who they are.  

Alan Andreani is looking for another term as Mayor of Alliance. He has over 30 years of experience in public finance, personnel and labor relations, infrastructure leadership, and public policy. While being engaged in city politics, he is still active in the Alliance community. He is a graduate of Alliance High school, a part of the American Legion Post in Alliance, the former chairman of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce and member of numerous other community boards.  

Kris Bugara is running for Alliance City Councilman at Large. He is currently an Alliance City Councilman. He is chairman of the Streets and Alleys Committee and a member of the Finance and Utility Committee. He has 21 years of professional experience in insurance, finance and risk Management. Some of his accomplishments while on city council include allocating additional paving funds in 2019 due to the passage of state gas tax and sponsoring legislation to seek Ohio Public Works funding to provide a nearly 50% match of grant funds and add to the City’s paving program.  

Thomas Hippley, Jr. and Mark E. Ryan are both running for the Marlington Board of Education. Hippley is a resident of Washington Township. He has been on the Board of Education since 2016. He has been a member of the PTO at Washington Elementary, where he has also been both President and Vice President. He has also coached football, softball, baseball and basketball in the Washington Township area.  

Mark Ryan is a resident of Marlboro Township. He is heavily involved in the Marlboro area, as he is the owner of Western Reserve Coach Sales, Inc. He is also a member of two organizations: The Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Louisville and the Marlington Athletic Boosters and Soccer Boosters. He is also a host-family volunteer for the Alliance area Ulster Project.  

 Alliance has an interesting election this year with so many positions up for grabs and various new and incumbent candidatesEveryone in the Alliance community should go vote on November 5!  

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