LORAIN — Attorney Jack Bradley wants to be mayor.
Bradley released a statement Thursday afternoon announcing his intention to seek a spot replacing Chase Ritenauer on the November ballot.
“Lifetime Lorain resident Jack Bradley has announced that he will seek the appointment to carry out the term of Lorain mayor,” the statement said. “An attorney, educator (teaching at Emerson Elementary School through law school) and business owner, Bradley has decided with his family that he would like to serve his community at a time when there is a need.”
Ritenauer announced his resignation as mayor last month. His last day in the position was last Friday. The replacement for the remainder of Ritenauer’s term, which runs through the end of this year, will be selected by the Lorain City Democratic Central Committee during a meeting Sunday.
“I love Lorain,” Bradley said. “To serve as mayor would be a great privilege. I would dedicate my life and time to building a better city and guiding Lorain toward success.”
In the release, Bradley stated he would use his “diverse training and experience to improve the city.”
“I would like to inspire small-business owners to open shop and create new jobs, offer opportunities to take advantage of our incredible waterfront and most importantly help the youth and schools of Lorain who need assistance,” Bradley said. “As mayor, I would visit schools and create mentorship programs between citizens, businesses and students so that children would be inspired to create future goals and have after-school work, art, sport and support programs. I would also work together with all of City Hall to build a leadership that is focused on the citizens.”
At the moment, there are only two other people in the pool of Democratic candidates eligible to be placed on the November ballot to run for the seat — former state Rep. Dan Ramos and retired chairman of UAW Local 2000 Jerry Donovan. Five others were ruled ineligible after an obscure Ohio law was uncovered that canceled them out as they had appeared on the primary ballot for other positions.
Due to that finding, Council members Joel Arredondo, Mary Springowski, Mitch Fallis, Lorain school board member Tony Dimacchia, who won a slot on City Council in May, and city Auditor Karen Shawver are not eligible to be on the November ballot as mayoral candidates.
Arredondo and Springowski both have said they still plan to seek the appointment to fill the unexpired term, which runs through the end of the year, even if they cannot be appointed to the spot on the ballot.
Bradley ran for Lorain County Domestic Relations Judge in 2018, losing to Judge Lisa Swenski in the primary election.
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