This story has been edited to reflect the following corrections: Angel Arroyo represents the sixth ward on council. Rey Carrion and Javier Espitia are running for the seat he is vacating. Joel Gleason and Cory Shawver are running as Democrats for the seventh ward seat.
LORAIN — City Councilmen Angel Arroyo Jr., D-Ward 6, and Joe Faga, D-Ward 7, are not seeking re-election.
Wednesday was the deadline for partisan candidates to file for the May 7 primary. Candidates running as independents, including Councilman Greg Argenti, Ward 4, have until May 6 to file petitions with the Lorain County Board of Elections.
While he’s been on Council, Arroyo said, the city has seen numerous improvements including road and water line projects, the rebirth of Oakwood Park, demolitions of abandoned homes and a decrease in violent crime.
Angel Arroyo Jr.
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In a news release, Arroyo said he ran for Council to occupy the same seat his father did 40 years prior and to make changes to the town he was going to raise his daughter in. Now, he cites rebuilding his family relationships in his decision not to run for re-election.
“I can’t serve the community and leave my family stranded. And at the same time, I can’t serve the community if I don’t have the support of my family. So therefore, we just need to fix the issues that are going on right now.”
Arroyo was arrested last month on charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest after police were called to his 30th Street home by his wife. According to the police report, Arroyo had come home about 1 a.m. Jan. 14 and assaulted his wife, “striking her right side near her ribs with the back of his hand.” When police tried to take Arroyo into custody, according to the report, officers struggled with him and had to force him into a cruiser.
Arroyo said the recent incident didn’t affect his decision to seek re-election and stated he does not condone domestic violence.
Arroyo said he hopes whoever takes his place on Council will continue to improve the city. He said he may run to represent the 6th Ward again once his home life is in better shape. In the meantime, he said he will continue to be an activist in his community.
Rey Carrion and Javier Espitia are running for Arroyo’s seat.
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Faga said he is retiring at the end of his third term.
“I am retiring so that I can spend more time with family, friends and also to travel,” he said. “It has been an honor to work with Mayor Ritenauer and his entire staff, the city directors, police and fire chiefs as well as the many employees which I had the opportunity to work with.”
First elected in 2014, Faga said he’s seen improvements throughout the city, including road, water and sewage projects, increases in training and staffing levels for the city’s safety forces, funding for the Broadway Streetscape and the razing of blighted properties — including four hotels in his ward. He hopes the 7th Ward’s new representative will continue to work with the administration and further the progress made in the city.
Democrats Joel Gleason and Cory Shawver are the only partisan candidates running for the 7th Ward seat.
The remaining members of City Council are seeking re-election.
In the race for Council-at-Large, nine candidates will be on the May ballot, including Lorain School Board vice president Tony Dimacchia.
“I had full intentions of running for mayor,” Dimacchia said. “And I was under the assumption that Chase Ritenauer was potentially not running for a third term, so when he decided he was going to run for a third term I just thought that it was the best interests of the Democratic party as well as the city that I look at running for Council-at-Large, and I think that’s the best place for me to help the city grow and prosper.”
If elected to Council, Dimacchia said, he would not seek re-election to the school board, but the state of Lorain Schools would continue to be one of his main focuses, as well as increasing the city’s police and other safety forces.