Three new contenders, each with a name familiar to voters, have emerged for the maiden voyage of the Cuyahoga County Council.
Strongsville City Council President Michael J. Gallagher, former Garfield Heights Councilman Henry Warren Jr. and former Cleveland Municipal Judge C. Ellen Connally are the latest to submit petitions to the Board of Elections for the September primaries.
Gallagher will compete for the Republican nomination in District 5. Warren and Connally will seek the Democratic nominations in District 8 and District 9, respectively.
County voters last fall overwhelmingly approved a county charter that replaces the three elected commissioners with an elected county executive and 11-member council.
The council will have oversight of county finances and appointments made by the executive. Council members, the charter states, are to work part time for $45,000 a year.
The filing deadline for the Sept. 7 partisan primaries is June 24. The top Democrat and top Republican then will face any independents in the Nov. 2 general election. As of Friday, more than 65 people had pulled petitions for council races, according to the Board of Elections.