LORAIN — Chase Ritenauer will be seeking a third term as the mayor of Lorain.
The 33-year-old Democrat, who was first elected in 2011 as the city’s youngest mayor before being re-elected in 2015, declined to comment further but said “at this point” he was planning to run for re-election again in 2019.
In 2016, Ritenauer said he was tossing around the idea of running for a statewide office, such a treasurer and auditor, this year but ultimately decided against it.
City Councilwoman Mary Springowski, D-at large, previously said she would run next year if Ritenauer decided not to seek re-election. Now that he’s announced he’s seeking another term, she said she’s going to support him.
“I don’t think it makes sense to divide the city,” she said. “I think the mayor and I have a strong working relationship and I’ll absolutely be supporting him when he runs for re-election. I think he’s going a great job and we’re really starting to make an impact at turning Lorain around.”
At the end of last year, Lorain school board President Tony Dimacchia announced his plans to run for mayor, saying it was his understanding that Ritenauer planned to move on from the city and by announcing his plans early on, it was affording him more time to raise funds.
Dimacchia did not respond to requests for comment.