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Incumbents cruise to reelection on Lorain council


LORAIN — All of the city’s incumbents running for re-election Tuesday were soundly given another term, according to unofficial results from the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Council President Joel Arredondo defeated two opponents, Republican Amelia Chaffin and Green Party candidate Jake Ellis, with 70 percent of the vote compared with 25 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Chaffin said she wanted to congratulate Arredondo on his win. She also wanted to thank the people who voted for her and hopes they still will join her in improving “the city we love.”

Treasurer and Democrat Terri Soto won re-election with 72 percent of the vote.

“The people of my beloved city spoke and I thank them for putting me into office for the next four years on my own,” she said.

Republican candidate Tabatha Tower said she felt it was “an amazing race” and she thanked “the Lorain voters who put their confidence in me to manage the city’s finances.”

“This was my first time running a race, and I think I did well,” she said. “I hope to gain the support and confidence of all the voters in future races and be given an opportunity to prove myself. I wish Terri Soto the best.”

Democrat Mary Springowski was elected to a second at-large term and was the largest vote-getter in the four-person race that included two other Democrats and incumbents — Mitch Fallis and Joe Koziura — as well as Republican Trina Smith.

“I’m very grateful to residents and I believe it’s representative of my work in the community,” Springowski said. “It shows that when residents call me to talk to me about issues, I’m on the other end of the phone and their voices are really heard.”

Unofficially, Springowski won 31 percent of the vote, followed by Fallis with 28 percent, Koziura with 25 percent and Smith with 16 percent.

Democratic incumbent Dennis Flores defeated write-in candidate Kyriece Brook with 83 percent of the vote in the city’s 2nd Ward.

“I look forward to serving the next two years and I’m humbled,” Flores said. “As the chairman of the Federal Programs committee, I feel like there’s unfinished business, and I’m pleased with the support of my constituents.”

Independent candidate Greg Argenti unofficially won a third term as 4th Ward Councilman. He said running as an independent is a lot tougher in the city and he’s glad he won despite the adversity.

Argenti said Lorain has some unique issues to deal with and his experience in his previous terms will greatly help with its current issues. Issues, he said, like improving the image of Lorain Schools and making the city more inviting to businesses and new residents.

He defeated Democrat Chris Nabakowski, 56 percent to 44 percent.

Looking forward, Nabakowski said he’ll keep himself busy attempting to bring jobs and outsiders to Lorain. He also said he will continue to make an effort to gain an elected position in Lorain.

Democrat Josh Thornsberry was elected to a third term in the 8th Ward with 66 percent of the vote against Republican challenger Denver Casto.

“I’m very excited and I appreciate all of the support,” Thornsberry said. “Next time I want to get a larger percentage of the vote to have a unified ward, but one of the first things I want to try and tackle during this new term is getting a public comment period during regular Council meetings.”

The exception to incumbents winning re-election was Democrat Beth Henley, who will be serving on City Council representing the 1st Ward next year. Henley defeated incumbent Brian Gates earlier this year in the primary election.

On Tuesday, Henley handily defeated independent candidate David McKenzie, 77 percent to 23 percent, according to unofficial election results.

Henley said she looks forward to working with the administration for the betterment of the ward, including reducing crime and cleaning up properties.

Contact Katie Nix at 329-7129 or Follow her on Twitter at @KatieHNix. Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 at Follow him on Twitter at @BruceWalton.

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