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At-large councilman seeks appointment for mayor (UPDATED)

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    Mitchell Fallis speaks at a Lorain City Council meeting in 2015. Fallis has announced his interest in the appointment for Lorain Mayor.



LORAIN — Lorain City Councilman Mitch Fallis officially announced he is seeking appointment as mayor of the city.

Fallis, D-at large, announced Friday that he wants to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Chase Ritenauer, who announced his resignation, effective Friday. The person appointed to fill the unexpired term, which runs through the end of this year, also would fill the Democratic spot on the November ballot.

“I believe my executive management skill set, which includes a CPA and MBA, and eight years on city council-at large make me uniquely qualified to be mayor,” Fallis said in his letter to the Lorain City Democratic Central Committee. “My executive skill set includes seven years as the chief financial officer of a federal credit union, advancing its financial rating of C+ to A- within a three-year period.”

Fallis has served on City Council since 2016, and he also previously served on Council from 2008 through 2011. From 2012 to 2015 he served on the Lorain School Board, including being vice president in 2013.

He also is a member of the city’s Democratic Central Committee.

“We will continue to improve on the foundation built by Mayor Chase Ritenauer to create a market salary structure for all employees, seek additional funding for roadway, water and sewer infrastructure improvements and park improvements while continuing to enforce building codes to improve the beauty of neighborhoods,” Fallis said. “My vision for Lorain is to create a prosperous and healthy community.”

The Lorain City Democratic Central Committee is tasked with appointing Ritenauer’s successor. The 41-seat Central Committee will take two votes: one to appoint someone to Ritenauer’s unexpired term and another to fill the Democratic slot on the November ballot, though city party chairman Paul Adams said it normally is the same person for both positions.

Fallis, along with Council members Joel Arredondo, Mary Springowski, recently elected Councilman-at-large Tony Dimacchia, city Auditor Karen Shawver and former state Rep. Dan Ramos are vying for the seat. The committee has between five and 45 days after the vacancy occurs to appoint a replacement.

The committee is scheduled to meet 4 p.m. June 9 at Lorain Palace Theater, 617 Broadway, to make its decision.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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