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Former Councilman Bob Adaska Running for At-Large Seat

Adaska recently filed his petitions with the Summit County Board of Elections to run for an at-large seat in November.

Former City Councilman Bob Adaska, who was a councilmember from 1990 to 1994, filed his petitions with the Summit County Board of Elections to run for an at-large seat in November.

Adaska, 55, has lived in Stow most of his life (48 years) and said he wants to jump back into public service because he "sees the need for an advocate for the service department and safety forces," he also said he would like the city to focus more on redevelopment, especially in the Stow-Kent Shopping area.

"Many improvements have been made to this area," he said. "However, more work needs to be done."

When he was on council, Adaska served as the chairman of the roads and safety and public improvements committees.

If elected, Adaska said he will suggest taking a "comprehensive look at the condition of our roads and other infrastructure and establish a short- and long-term plan on getting the maintenance back under control."

An issue Adaska was passionate about when he was first elected, sewer services, is something he'd like to focus on again in Stow.

"I want to extend city water service to those families who still do not have city water," he said. "I want to continue to upgrade water service throughout the city and revitalize our parks and neighborhoods."

He would also like to focus on economic development and job growth. "Building homes creates good solid jobs for our youth and provides a tax base for the city and schools," Adaska said.

But, "most importantly," he said, "we need to avoid allowing our citizens to be an afterthought, but the main reason for our community."

Although funds aren't as high as many officials would like, Adaska said he will still strive to "provide a clean and safe environment to raise our families and to maintain our roads and other infrastructure."

Bob Adaska has owned R. G. Adaska Construction for 33 years. He graduated from , has a technical degree in Jet Aircraft Maintenance, is an honor graduate of the Carpenter's Apprenticeship Program and took career courses in construction management and job safety. Adaska has lived in Stow for 48 years and has been married to his wife, Pamela, for 30 years.

For more information, visit Adaska's website.

joseph July 22, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Bob I as well as my family will be voting for you. I can tell your true conserns are for the city of Stow and the residents.
Bob Adaska October 21, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Most of you know by now that I am running for council-at-large. I am doing so because I feel that I can make a difference for all of us. It concerns me that we always have this division in Stow. It has been suggested to me more than once to not bother knocking on the doors of those who do not participate in elections. That it is a waste of time. I disagree. During my last campaign for council, I actually carried voter registration cards with me as I canvassed our neighborhoods. There was one incident where I came across a gentleman who was very interested in our local politics but had never voted. With a little shame he confided that he never learned to read or write and that he was too embarrased to ask for help. I helped that man register to vote that day and for the first time in his 50 years he was able to participate in our elections. I remain friends with this man and he continues to vote with a great deal of pride to this day. So you see, it should not always be about us and what can you do for me, but what can I do for you to make you be a better person. I think it is very important to reach all of our residents whether they vote in our elections or not. I am sure they are still paying plenty of taxes which in turn benefits all of us and our children. So yes I will continue to knock on all the doors throughout our City. Maybe if more of our elected officials felt this way and encouraged more participation, we would become more united and less divided.
Stow Resident October 21, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Bob, you would be a welcome addition to city council. I only hope that the voters here realize the good that you would do if elected. Fingers are crossed.
Michael Rhea October 21, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Mr. Adaska, the problem still remains that we already have a lot of vacant homes and buildings in Stow. If they can't sell them, how is that bad city leadership to move away from residential development?
Michael Rhea October 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM
"Apparently they claimed the economy has hindered their company's growth in this quarter preventing them from expanding." And you don't believe them? I agree that tax abatements mean less money to the city. I also think the company staying in business is pretty darn important. It keeps people working and that company, and their employees, are still paying taxes. They are getting materials from other businesses, who pay their share of taxes... So, would you have ended their tax abatement and risked the company going under?

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