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Lorain Democrats to vote later this month for council replacement, mayoral candidate

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LORAIN — The Lorain City Democratic Central Committee will vote later this month to fill a vacant council seat, and its mayoral slot on the November ballot.

The committee will meet 6 p.m. June 25 at Rosewood Place, 4493 Oberlin Ave. in Lorain, Committee Chairman Paul Adams said.

The vote for the mayor’s slot on the November ballot was initially scheduled for Sunday, when Joe Koziura was selected to fill former Mayor Chase Ritenauer’s unexpired term, but was pushed back after all but one candidate was disqualified from being on the ballot less than a week beforehand.

Under a section of Ohio Revised Code, anyone who was a candidate in the primary election could not be appointed to fill a vacancy on the November ballot — disqualifying Council members Joel Arredondo, Mary Springowski, Mitch Fallis, Lorain Board of Education member Tony Dimacchia, and Auditor Karen Shawver. It did not disqualify Koziura from being appointed to the unexpired term.

That section left only former State Rep. Dan Ramos eligible, but he later pulled out the Friday before the vote, saying the process had become a “circus.”

Attorney Jack Bradley announced his intention June 5 and Jerry Donovan, retired chairman of UAW Local 2000 and Springowski’s father, announced his bid the same day Ramos suspended his.

“This way, it opens up more time for potential candidates to come forward and talk with some of the committee members and make a decision on what they want to do,” Adams said.

“It just seemed fair to do that since, obviously if we would have held it at the same time, that’s only a few days from the announcements of everything.”

Bradley and Donovan are currently the only two in the running for the November ballot appointment.

Donovan has stated he doesn’t want to be mayor and would resign if elected, starting the process again in the hopes the Central Committee would appoint his daughter to the position.

But with Koziura taking over as mayor through Dec. 31, his council seat is vacant — requiring the Central Committee to appoint his replacement there.

Adams said the only person interested in the appointment is Dimacchia, who won the seat in the primary election.

“I would love the opportunity to get a head start and begin working with Council and our local government officials,” Dimacchia said.

If Dimacchia is appointed to Council, the Lorain Board of Education will vote to appoint someone to fill his unexpired term on the board, where he now serves as vice president.

The board’s appointment would have the option of running for reelection on the November ballot.

Contact Carissa Woytach at (440) 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.


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