SALEM - Former Timberlanes president and CEO Roy Paparodis announced Wednesday that he intends to file as an Independent to run for one of the three Salem City Council-At-Large seats up for election Nov. 5.
The lifelong Salem resident said he's in the process of circulating his nominating petitions and will file them no later than the May 6 deadline for Independents.
"After much consideration, I have decided to step up to the plate and place my name on the ballot with the hopes of doing something positive for my community. With all of the loss of businesses, the resulting decline
of the community is self-evident. I hardly recognize this community compared to what it was like when I grew up here," he wrote in a press release.
Paparodis noted he was educated in the Salem school system, married his wife Terry (also a Salem resident) and raised his children here. He said "Salem has been a wonderful place in which to grow up and now reside with my family."
He worked for many years in the family business at Timberlanes and served as CEO and President for 14 years. He subsequently owned and operated an upscale restaurant in Boardman called Soffo's Cafe and currently serves as general manager of The Guilford Lake Grille, LLC, giving him extensive business experience.
"If elected, my goal would be to make Salem a better place to live and to work. This means managing the city government responsiblywithout new taxes. It means cracking down on crime and graffiti. It means fixing our streets and sidewalks. It means maintaining our parks. And it means not only attracting new businesses (jobs) to town, but keeping the ones we have," he wrote.
Out of the three current Council At Large representatives, Republican Councilman Jeff Cushman filed for election to his appointed At Large seat and fellow Republican Councilman Brian Whitehill filed for re-election. They'll appear on the Republican primary ballot on May 7. Democrat At Large Councilman K. Bret Apple filed to seek nomination as a Democrat candidate for President of Council, leaving his spot open. No Democrats filed for any of the At Large seats.