Seeking his sixth term on City Council, 5th Ward Councilman Marcus Madison is facing a Democratic primary challenge from resident Leigh Ann Arroyo, who previously waged a write-in campaign against him in November 2017. Madison defeated her 440 votes to 14 in that race.
Education: Huron High School, class of 2004
Family: Husband, Eugene; daughters Clara and Sandra
Job history: Freelance donation driver and stay-at-home mom
Education: Elyria High School, class of 2005; Lorain County Community College
Job history: Community engagement officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County; 5th Ward councilman, Elyria City Council, 2009 to present
What makes you the best candidate for the position?
ARROYO: I have the time, stamina and energy and the forethought and fortitude to bring the community together as a whole. And nobody homeless or living in a home will be left behind.
MADISON: My experience as a five-term member of Elyria City Council, my drive, determination, commitment and willingness and ability to work with all interested parties makes me the best candidate for this position. ... During my time on City Council, we have seen the humble beginnings of transformative change. From the restructuring and pavement of Middle Avenue and East Avenue to the neighborhood investment of redeveloping Midview Crossings … to the opening of the Lorain County Health and Dentistry in Wilkes Villa, Thomas Shores South Park Recreation Center and the most recent development of the new Elyria High School Stadium. On the horizon, we will see the development and construction of Wilkes Villa, Elyria Stadium, Franklin Elementary School and the South Branch Library. I’ve been working every day with community stakeholders and residents to address the conditions of my neighborhood.
What is the biggest challenge facing the city?
ARROYO: Communication is a big issue. There needs to be more communication between Council members and residents.
MADISON: The biggest challenges we have facing the city are, short-term and long-term, what are we going to be and look like five years from now? How do we position the city of Elyria to be an economic engine and provide opportunity for every neighborhood and ward in the city, access to employment, access to resources and help the residents provide for their families? Also, how can we continue to include people in the political process? Crime, neighborhood development, lack of coordinated resources, jobs and opportunities for children and families are some of the challenges we face in our city and the 5th Ward neighborhood, in addition to finding collaborative ways to connect and empower residents to become change agents.