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New faces to represent sixth, seventh wards on Lorain council

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    Cory Shawver celebrates with Lorain County Commissioner Sharon Sweda who was his campaign manager for his Lorain Council run. They were at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lorain.


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    Rey Carrion



LORAIN — Residents will see new faces representing the city’s 6th and 7th wards on City Council following Tuesday’s unofficial primary results.

6th Ward

Democrat Rey Carrion will represent the 6th Ward, barring any write-in candidate, after facing off against fellow Democrat Javier Espitia. Carrion carried 358 votes, or 56 percent of the vote, to Espitia’s 284 votes, or 44 percent, according to unofficial results.

Carrion thanked the residents of South Lorain and his family for their “heartfelt support” afterward.

“I will work relentlessly to bring transparency, inclusion, professionalism and respect to this elected position,” he said. “I would also like to congratulate Mr. Javier Espitia for running a very efficient and clean campaign. He is a classy young man with a bright future in our community. It will be an honor to work with him on future programs.”

Espitia had similar comments on Carrion’s campaign.

“Rey ran a positive, issue-based campaign that raised the level of discourse in our politics. He will be a great councilman and South Lorain is fortune to have him.”

7th Ward

Democrat Cory Shawver will represent the city’s 7th Ward, barring any write-in candidates, after defeating fellow Democrat Joel Gleason in Tuesday’s primary.

Shawver collected 364 votes, or 52 percent of the vote, to Gleason’s 337 votes, or 48 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results.

“I’m thrilled,” Shawver said. “We worked really hard. My campaign manager, Commissioner (Sharon) Sweda and I knocked every door in the 7th Ward twice, we did everything we had to do from the time we filed to 7:30 p.m. We were just working as hard as we could. We talked to a lot of people, gave them our message on what we wanted to do in the 7th Ward and apparently they liked it.”

Shawver said he wasn’t surprised by the results, as he was getting good feedback from voters ahead of the results.

“I knew where I had my strengths, knew where my opponent had his strengths and kept working as hard as I could to try to get to this outcome.”

Spending the evening collecting his yard signs, Gleason said he wasn’t disappointed by the results as he would now have more time to spend with his family.

“I wish Cory the best in representing the 7th Ward and hopefully he’ll do a good job. As far as any (future) runs or anything from me, who knows what time will bring and all that stuff. Having a young family, this is going to a time-management situation.”

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