ELYRIA — City Council is guaranteed to have a new makeup after two longtime members decided not to run again by Wednesday’s filing deadline for the May primary.
Another current Council member is running for an at-large seat instead of keeping his appointed ward seat, while at least two incumbents are facing challenges in the Democratic primary.
With petitions due to the Lorain County Board of Elections by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Elyria City Council President Mike Lotko had not filed to run for a 12th term.
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Lotko could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.
Longtime council member Larry Tanner, a Democrat representing the 1st Ward, also did not file to run again as of Wednesday’s deadline. Multiple messages seeking comment were left for Tanner, who has served on City Council since the early 1980s.
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Judith Keys has filed to run for the 1st Ward seat in Tanner’s place, according to the Lorain County Board of Elections.
Incumbent 4th Ward Councilman Phil Tollett, a Democrat, filed for an at-large seat instead of his current seat. Council in August 2018 chose Tollett over four other candidates for the 4th Ward Council seat vacated by Mark Craig when Craig moved to Vermilion.
A message seeking comment was left for Tollett.
Including Tollett, five candidates filed to run for four at-large council seats. The others are incumbent Democrats Tom Callahan and Vic Stewart, incumbent Republican Jack Baird and Republican challenger Jeff Baxter.
For the 2nd Ward, incumbent Democrat Brenda Davis filed to keep her seat, while incumbent 3rd Ward Councilman Mark Jessie faces a challenge from Republican Garry Gibbs.
Democrats Kenny Oswald and Chad Schneider both filed to replace Tollett as 4th Ward representative. Both had sought Craig’s seat last year.
Incumbent Democrat Councilman Marcus Madison, representing the 5th Ward, faces a challenge from Democratic Leigh Ann Arroyo.
Incumbent Democrat Donna Mitchell is seeking to retain her seat in the 6th Ward, while Democrat Aaron Baker and Libertarian candidate Brandon Bobbitt will challenge incumbent Democrat Jack Cerra in the 7th Ward.
Incumbent Mayor Holly Brinda, a Democrat, has filed to run again, as has Finance Director Ted Pileski, also a Democrat. No one had filed by Wednesday’s deadline to challenge them.
Amanda Deery, chief of staff to Law Director Scott Serazin, filed her petitions Tuesday to seek his job. Serazin announced Monday he is retiring and is supporting Deery’s campaign. No one else had filed as of 4 p.m. Wednesday to challenge Deery.