AMHERST — The Republican Party has appointed a candidate to replace Dave Goodell on the November ballot for the city’s 2nd Ward seat on City Council.
Paperwork to appoint Edwin Cowger was filed with the Lorain County Board of Elections, according to Director Paul Adams. Goodell withdrew his candidacy and resigned his seat on Council on Aug. 1, citing a family illness that will require his undivided attention.
“We received the paperwork at
9 a.m. (Thursday) morning,” Adams said. “It looks like the meeting was held on Aug. 9 (to decide on a replacement candidate). Since they filed the paperwork with us (Thursday), that meets the deadline because they needed to do it by 4 p.m. Monday.”
Cowger previously served on City Council until 2009, when he lost to Glenn Loughrie in the primary election by 18 votes. The Republican Central Committee reached out to Cowger earlier in the week and asked if he was available for, and interested in, a return to Council.
The idea of returning excited Cowger.
“I always enjoyed being on Council and serving the city and the people in the 2nd Ward,” Cowger said. “I’m glad to have the opportunity to try to do that again.”
While Cowger will be on the November ballot, he hasn’t been named to fill the remainder of Goodell’s term, which expires at the end of this year.
“There are two pieces to this,” Adams said. “This form places the nomination. Now he’s going to be on the ballot in November to win the term that will begin Jan. 1, 2018. The next piece of this is to fill the remainder of (Goodell’s) term. (The Republican Central Committee has) not met yet to do that.”
The Republican Central Committee must wait until City Council formally accepts Goodell’s resignation. A special meeting has been scheduled for Aug. 21 to do that.
After the resignation has formally been accepted, then the process of filling the vacancy can begin.
“I’m hoping it’s me,” Cowger said. “It makes sense that the person that’s running in the fall be appointed for the rest of the term. If it’s not, then it’s not.”
When Cowger previously served on Council, he voted as a Democrat in partisan elections and was a Democratic member of Council. In 2014, though, he switched parties and declared as a Republican in the primary election, according to Adams.
“I think if everyone takes a step back and looks at the parties, at least from my perspective, the Democratic Party, nationally, has (gone) too far astray, at least from my beliefs and values,” Cowger said. “I was always more conservative, and things were getting a little too far to the left. It was getting hard to see people on the far side.
“My values, beliefs and conservative viewpoints, were aligning more and more with the Republican Party.”
Now, Cowger has to scramble to put together a campaign for the Nov. 7 general election, in which he will face Democratic candidate Angie Schubert. He doesn’t find the prospect daunting, though.
“Instead of having an entire year to work on my campaign, I’ve got to hurry up and get my campaign up and running and win the election in the fall,” Cowger said. “I probably perform best under pressure. I’m a restaurant manager, and we deal with rushes and pressures every day. That’s when you step up and either cook or get out of the kitchen.
“I don’t think it’s going to be an unattainable task at all. I’m looking very much forward to taking on the election and winning.”
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