Sheffield Lake council races are either set or unsettled


Rocky Radeff, Ward 2 candidate


Bill Wtulich, Jr., Ward 3


Mark Erdei, Ward 4

Sheffield Lake

By Michele Murphy

Current Sheffield Lake Councilmen Bill Wtulich Jr., Ward 3, and Mark Erdei, Ward 4, have been assured of four more years on council as no one filed petitions to run against them by the Feb. 1 filing deadline. Ward 1 incumbent Leanna Stark did not file petitions on time and reports she will file as a write-in candidate.

In Ward 2, Councilman Alan Smith will face newcomer Rocky Radeff in November.

Smith has served on council for 16 years. He has lived in Sheffield Lake 45 years with his wife, Tracy. He owns Quickshift Transmission & Automotive Service.

Radeff serves on Sheffield Lake’s zoning and planning boards. He works for the YMCA French Creek Branch in Avon where he is coordinator for summer camps and a night manager. A lifelong Sheffield Lake resident, he graduated from Brookside High School and is completing his law degree at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Radeff also participates in many volunteer activities at St. Thomas Church and has served as a Big Brother. He is a member of the Sheffield Historical Society and worked on the bicentennial committee two years ago.

Bill Wtulich Jr., Ward 3 councilman, is another lifelong Sheffield Lake resident. Wtulich works as a process tech at McGean Chemical in Cleveland where he has worked for 11 years running chemical reactors. He currently is president of Local 838c of the ICWUC/UFCW and served as secretary/treasurer and vice president for his local.

Bill’s wife, Andrea, is also a lifelong resident of Sheffield Lake. She serves on the Sheffield Lake Pride Committee as its treasurer. The couple has two grown children.

Ward 4 Councilman Mark Erdei has lived in Sheffield Lake since 1979. He and his wife of 39 years, Diane, raised their two daughters in the city. Prior to joining council, he served on the city’s Planning Commission. When an opening occurred in Ward 4 nearly six years ago, he applied for the position and was selected to fill the remainder of the term. He was elected to his first full term four years ago. Erdei is self-employed and specializes in carpet and tile installation.

He was a basketball coach at Brookside middle and high schools, driven by a lifelong interest in the sport he and his daughters played. He also volunteers at community events including Pride Day and
Community Days.

Editor’s note: Alan Smith did not respond to multiple requests for photos.

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