Incumbent Peggy Carlo (D) faces challenge from Kathryn Whittington (R)
William A. West
JEFFERSON_Two incumbent Ashtabula County Commissioners are asking voters to support their reelection bid on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Commissioner Peggy Carlo, Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Kathryn Whittington, of Richmond Township. This is Whittington’s first run for public office. Commissioner Dan Claypool, Democrat, is facing opposition from Republican J.P. Ducro IV, of Ashtabula. Ducro is Ashtabula City Council president and president of Ducro Services, Inc.
AC interviewed all candidates at their requested and location. Whittington was the only candidate who requested a list of possible questions before the scheduled interview. The four candidates were very cooperative during the interview process.
Independent candidate Willis Clay did not respond to AshtabulaCurrent’s request for an interview.
The candidates’ biographies are published as submitted.
Peggy Carlo was appointed to the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners on April 11, 2008, was elected to office in 2008 for her first 4 year term, and elected again in 2012 to serve another 4 year term.
Previously, Mrs. Carlo served on the Saybrook Township Board of Trustees for 16 years. She was a member and past president of the Ashtabula County Township Trustee & Clerks Association, and also represented Saybrook on the Ashtabula Advisory Water Board. In her capacity as a member of the township association she served as President and Secretary/Treasurer.
Mrs. Carlo worked in healthcare management for more than 25 years prior to her retirement and was certified in supply chain. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ashtabula County Medical Center affiliated of the Cleveland Clinic.
Mrs. Carlo serves as the Chairperson on the Northeast Ohio Council of Governments and was on the Ashtabula County 911 Review Board for more than 10 years. Since becoming a County Commissioner, she has been chosen to continue on that board, representing her fellow Commissioners. She has also been appointed to represent the Board on the following: County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) member; County Employee Benefits Consortium of Ohio (CEBCO) Board member; Ashtabula County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Eastgate Regional Council of Governments; Mental Health & Recovery Services; Scenic River Advisory Council-Ashtabula River; Community Advisory Council; Planning Commissioner Executive Board; Growth Partnership Trustee; Family & Children First Council; Children Services Board; and the Emergency Food & Shelter National Board (United Way).
A Chardon High School graduate, Mrs. Carlo attended business school in Cleveland and Ashtabula Kent State Campus. She is a graduate of LEADERship Ashtabula County. Other community membership activities include: Zonta Club of Ashtabula County; Elks Lodge #208; Association member of the Ashtabula County Township Association; Bridge Street Lift Bridge Committee; United Way of Ashtabula; a former board member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and a current member of Our Lady of Peace Parish.
Mrs. Carlo resides in Saybrook Township with her husband Rick. They have four grown children: Jenine, Michael, Rick, and Dave.
I grew up in Russell Twp., Ohio and graduated from West Geauga High School. I have an Degree in Business Administration Management.
My husband, Steve and I have been raising our family in Ashtabula County. We are residents of Richmond Township.
Steve is a self-employed small business owner for over 25 years here in Ashtabula County.
I have been serving the children and families of Ashtabula County for the last 13 years and I have over 20 years of experience working with families and communities. I was formerly the Community Service Coordinator for Ashtabula County Children Services Board (over 12 years) and Currently volunteer my time as the Community Outreach Coordinator for G.O. Community Development Corporation.
My experience includes grant writing, budgets, leadership and advocating at local and state levels.
I belong to many community and national organizations as well as the NRA, ABWA, Pymatuning Chamber of Commerce, Ashtabula County Headstart Policy Council, The Council of Dynamic Rural Ministries, Ashtabula County Republican Women’s Club and Longest Day of Play. I am the Co-Founder of the Starting Fresh Back to School Event and Co-Founder to Project SPIN (serving people in need).