LORAIN — School Board President Tony Dimacchia’s Twitter and Instagram accounts sent a photo about his campaign for city mayor Wednesday morning.
Both accounts were started Tuesday with posts and tweets cataloging the Democrat’s past experience working for the city of Lorain. The last post and tweet encouraged people to join him for his campaign fundraiser event. The image on the post was a poster giving details of a fundraising event set for Feb. 7.
Dimacchia was unable to comment Wednesday night, but Bambi Dillon, Dimacchia’s cousin and campaign treasurer, confirmed he is running for mayor.
Councilwoman Mary Springowski, D-at large, said she felt Dimacchia’s actions were premature because Democratic Mayor Chase Ritenauer hasn’t announced whether he will seek re-election in 2019.
“I think that he needs to concentrate more on the school board that he currently serves on,” she said.
Although Springowski also has an interest in running for mayor, she said she gave her word to Ritenauer that she wouldn’t run against him.
“I have repeatedly said that I will not run against (Ritenauer),” she said. “However, should there be a vacancy for that position, I will emphatically direct all my efforts to secure that position.”
Ritenauer, who has been mayor since 2012, said he was aware Dimacchia was planning to run for the position but wasn’t expecting an announcement this soon.
“It’s kind of surprising to me that I’m not even midway through my term and they are talking about who’s running for mayor in 2019,” he said.
The mayor said he isn’t planning to make any campaign announcements until much later.
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