NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Residents will have a choice between Council President Kevin Corcoran and Democrat Paul Wolanski for the city’s next mayor, following the unofficial primary results.
Corcoran beat fellow Republican Christopher Bedinelli in Tuesday’s race. Corcoran had 2,000, or 85 percent of the vote, to Bedinelli’s 347 votes, or 15 percent of the vote.
“I’m honored and privileged for the opportunity to represent the city in the mayor’s race in November,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the race.”
Either Cororan or Wolanski will be the first new face in the city’s mayor’s office in 16 years, after Mayor Dave Gillock’s announcement at January’s State of the City that he would not seek re-election.
Corcoran has served as an at-large councilman for 11 years, and Council president for the past nine. He will continue to serve as Council president while campaigning ahead of the November election.
“It’s the same as every other election I’ve ever run. I’ve been on Council and had to run for re-election several times, so you just do the job and you just keep going. This race will be a little bit more effort, so it will be a little bit tougher to blend, but I’ll be able to do it.”
Corcoran was making rounds in the city Tuesday night, picking up his yard signs. He did not have a watch party.
“This is just a primary, I don’t want to put it down at all, but it’s only halfway there,” he said. “I get it, the other people who were doing this for the first time, it means a lot more to them. … I’ve always treated it as whatever’s going to happen is going to happen, so I can’t change it by sitting at home staring at a computer to see the results. So I might as well get the signs out of the way.”
Bedinelli could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.