DOVER – Five candidates are running in the general election on November 2 for the three Dover council seats.

Three of them are titular – Republican John Correll, Democrat Don Maurer and Republican Justin Perkowski. They are contested by Democrat Gina Space and independent Mark A. Incarnato, who is a candidate in writing.

name: John Correll

Age: 75

Family: I live alone. My wife Joyce passed away in April 2017.

Occupation: Semi-retired, school bus driver.

Political party: Republican

Previous terms held: 6 years as general counsel.

Why should voters elect you to city council?

I hope the voters of Dover vote for me because I am a longtime resident who cares about the city. The fact that I am trying to help the council to correct some wrongs of the past is a fact that the voters of Dover must see over.

name: Mark A. Incarnato

Age: 60

Family: Single, divorced; two sons, Marco and Mike; two granddaughters, Stella and Tillie.

Political party: Democrat, but currently I am an independent.

Previous terms held: Nothing

Why should voters elect you to city council?

I am an honest and hardworking person who loves the city of Dover and the community. I feel I have the experience and the ability to perform the office.

What is the main problem facing the city and what would you do about it?

The main issue for me and others seems to be the ongoing struggle and animosity between the mayor and the current council. We need change and we need to move forward.

Don Maurer

name: Don Maurer

Age: 74

Family: Wife, Margaret Ann Scherer Brunner

Occupation: Retired (educator / salesperson)

Political party: Democrat

Previous terms held: City councilor

Why should voters elect you to city council?

I was a municipal councilor for 16 years and also interim chair of the council. I strongly believe in a council that works together, and I have taken an active part in helping to make it happen.

What are the main issues facing the city and what would you do to address them?

The problem with Dover Chemical and the ongoing issues with our mayor. After that, there must be an effort to encourage economic growth and maintain services to citizens.

Justin perkowski

name: Justin Perkowski

Age: 37

Family: wife, Erin, children Jase, 5, Reagan, 2.

Occupation: Douvres Cabinet Industries

Political party: Republican

Previous terms held: City Council of Dover in general, two terms.

Why should voters elect you to city council?

I will continue to act in the best interests of the City and the citizens of Dover and, as always, to be available and accessible to my constituents.

What is the main problem facing the city and what would you do about it?

Correct the problems found in the council’s investigation of the mayor. Job descriptions and responsibility for positions that do not currently have them. Advance better than ever.

Gina space

name: Gina Space

Age: 32

Family: I am married to Tyler Tompkins. When I married him, I was lucky enough to have a daughter, Stella, 9 years old. We will welcome a new baby in March 2022. We also have two dogs, Ruby and Louise, and a cat, Harry.

Occupation: I am currently completing my law degree at Akron University Law School. I work part time as a legal assistant in a law firm in New Philadelphia.

Political party: Democratic

Previous terms held: nothing

Why should voters elect you to city council?

Prior to returning to Dover in 2019, I worked for several years in the Columbus City Government, in the City Council and City Attorney Offices. I want to use my experience in municipal administration, as well as my love for this community, to help Dover flourish to its fullest.

What is the main problem facing the city and what would you do about it?

We need to focus more on economic development. I hope to synchronize the opportunities associated with the growing outdoor economy and downtown revitalization, support local merchants and promote measured economic growth that will provide opportunities for Doverites in multiple geographies of the city.


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