Brian D'Antonio, son of , pulled petitions to run for an at-large council seat in November.
D'Antonio, 41, is a life-long Stow resident who has never been in an elected position but said he wants to serve the city because, "I have the ability to make tough decisions that are in the best interest of the entire community and [I have] the ability to follow through with the individual concerns of residents."
D'Antonio said he has some concerns of his own for the city as well.
"I am concerned about the lack of balance between business development and residential development. This is nothing new, just something the city needs to continue to work on ... we have practically maxed out with residential development and have a difficult time in growing and bringing more business to Stow," he said. "I am also concerned that the city needs to continue to work to not only bring business and development to the city, but needs to make Stow a more desirable place to purchase a home and raise a family."
D'Antonio said although he's never been in an elected position, both of his parents have been involved as a councilmember and his father, Dick D'Antonio, was deputy service director.
“I’ve always been interested in Stow city government ... a desire to serve this community was instilled in me at an early age. We were raised to develop and express our own opinions and to take an active role in the betterment of our community," he said.
D'Antonio has concerns for the city, but he also has goals for Stow if elected.
"My foremost goal will be to bring in new businesses and expand our economic base to create long-lasting jobs in Stow," he said. "I can offer strong, positive leadership based on my experience and direct responsibility for guiding four branches of my company through tough times. I am also committed to fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget, and economic development in our community."
If elected, D'Antonio said he wants to serve the community with a "a positive attitude; the ability to work with the public and city employees; an understanding of budgets; the ability to make tough decisions that are in the best interest of the entire community and the ability to follow through with the individual concerns of residents."
D'Antonio is involved in the community by being a Stow-Munroe Falls Community Foundation boardmember, a member of the Solon and Beachwood Chambers of Commerce and the Stow Republican Club. He also served on the Stow Charter Review Commission.
Brian D'Antonio is a network manager for Berger Transfer & Storage. He graduated from and attended Kent State University. D'Antonio is a life-long Stow resident and lives with his wife of 13 years, Lynn, and their son Owen.