LORAIN — Longtime Democratic Councilman Dennis Flores lost the primary to newcomer Rob McFarland, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night.
Flores, who has represented the 2nd Ward for the past 12 years, collected 176 votes to McFarland’s 232 votes, or 43 percent to 57 percent. There is no Republican in the race to face in November.
Flores said he was proud to serve the residents of his city and looks forward to finishing out the rest of the term.
“When one door closes, another door opens, I guess,” he said.
He said he plans to continue working on his house, taking care of his mother and spending more time with his dog.
“I don’t think it’s going to change how I feel about my city and helping those residents that need help,” he said. “There’s a different outcome, and so I’ll just plan accordingly and go from there.”
Flores said he hopes those on Council do not forget about residents in the 2nd Ward.
McFarland said he was surprised by the result.
“I thought that I had a chance and thought I gave it a good campaign, had great support,” he said. “I can’t thank my support team enough, my campaign, everyone that was involved really helped. I was not expecting it, but it feels good.”
He said he is excited to work with Mayor Chase Ritenauer, pending his election in November.
“I’m looking forward to working with the current administration and doing everything we can to improve the community and making it a better place to live and work,” he said.