LORAIN — Joe Koziura says his term as mayor will be brief but active.
“We have to appoint a police chief,” he said after being sworn in as mayor Monday morning. “We have the Broadway project. We have water and sewer projects. There’s a lot of things to do.”
Koziura was sworn in the day after being appointed to serve out the remainder of Chase Ritenauer’s term, until the end of the year. Ritenauer resigned last month for a new job in the Chicago area. Koziura, finishing up his third term as an at-large councilman, was appointed on the third ballot of the Lorain Democratic Central Committee, beating out councilwoman Mary Springowski and council president Joel Arredondo.
“I never thought I’d do this again,” said Koziura, who served as mayor from 1996 to 1999 and also previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives. “But when the opportunity presented itself, I said it was a logical transition.
“I have no desire to run again in four years.”
Koziura has replaced Ritenauer on an interim basis, but he’s forbidden from replacing him on the November ballot. Koziura finished fourth in the Democratic primary for council at large, with the top three being elected, but because he appeared on the ballot, he is barred from being named as a replacement candidate in the November ballot, as are Springowski, Arredondo, councilman Mitch Fallis and incoming councilman Anthony Dimacchia.
Dan Ramos, like Koziura a former state representative, suspended his campaign for Lorain mayor on Friday. Local attorney Jack Bradley and Ford retiree Jerry Donovan — Springowski’s father — have announced their intention to try to replace Ritenauer on the ballot.
“This was a difficult situation for everyone,” Koziura said.
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