Summit County council member to replace outgoing state senator

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Summit County council member will replace an outgoing Democratic state senator in a northeast Ohio district.
Kimberly Zurz will represent Portage County and part of Summit County beginning next month.
She will replace Sen. Leigh Herington, who will leave the Senate on Sept. 17 to run for judge in Portage County. The term ends in December 2004.
Zurz has served on the Summit County Council since January 1992, including three terms as president. She also is the president of a family business, The Eckard-Baldwin Funeral Home in Akron.
A lifelong Akron resident, Zurz and her husband, Richard Zurz Jr., have three children.
Herington, 57, has held the seat since 1985. He served as Senate minority leader in 2001 and 2002 before stepping aside to run for attorney general, a race he lost to Republican Jim Petro. He can't run for re-election because of term limits.
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