City council candidate dies just weeks before election

Mark Maruca, a candidate for Union City Council, has died, leaving three incumbents running unopposed on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Maruca, 55, died unexpectedly on Monday. He was owner and president of Allied Services of Clayton.

His death leaves three incumbents — David E. Blackwell, Helen M. Oberer and Robin M. Perkins — on the ballot, running for three open seats on the seven-member council.

Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, said the ballots have already been prepared bearing Maruca’s name, so board officials will post notices at polling places in Union advising voters that ballots cast for Maruca will not be tabulated.

Similar notices are to be posted in polling places in Kettering, where Councilman Ashley Webb withdrew from a re-election bid after ballots had been printed.

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