ELYRIA — The next person to serve the residents of the 2nd Ward will not have to go too far for advice.
Council President Forrest Bullocks’ next-door neighbor, Brenda Kay Davis, bested community activist Holly Huff Tuesday in the Democratic primary. Davis faces no opposition in November and will move on unchallenged to replace Bullocks, who is retiring in December after more than 20 years in office.
According to unofficial election results, Davis won by securing 245 votes or 61 percent, to Huff’s 158 votes, or 39 percent.
“It feels good after working so hard,” Davis said Tuesday night from Smitty’s Place. “I got out, campaigned hard and did what I needed to do.”
Going forward, Davis said she has one goal and that is to work with the new administration to take care of the residents in the 2nd Ward.
From that standpoint, Huff said she and Davis are no different.
“I’m quite comfortable with the loss,” she said. “I have no rules now. I can keep fighting for the neighborhood. Now, I don’t have to fight for the entire ward and we can get a lot accomplished in our neighborhood.”
From community gardens to running a block watch, Huff is a well-known figure in the Furnace-Cascade area. She is also a constant fixture at City Council and Council Committee meetings.
That will not change, she said.
“I will be there Monday,” she said. “I still need to know what is going on so I can do for my neighborhood, at least.”
Davis likely will not be the only new face on Council in 2012, but residents won’t know for sure until November when several of the other Council races will be decided.
In Ward 3, Republican Councilman Garry Gibbs will face Democrat Kirkland Grantham II and independent Fred Trimble. In Ward 4, Independent Councilman Mark Craig will face Democrat Stanley R. Wojdyla.
Councilman Marcus Madison, D-5th Ward, again will face Kevin Krischer, who is running as an independent in November in hopes of reclaiming the seat he lost two years ago.
In Ward 6, incumbent Democratic Councilmember Donna Mitchell will face Republican Dottie Klimczak.
And in the 7th Ward, Edward Sinegar has filed to run as an independent against Democratic Councilman Jerry McHugh.
Councilman Larry Tanner, D-1st Ward, faced no opposition Tuesday and is running unopposed in November.
In the at-large race, where four Council members are elected, the field will include five: Incumbent Councilmen Vic Stewart, Mike Lotko and Tom Callahan as well as David Hintz, all of whom are Democrats.
Current Councilwoman Mary Siwierka, a Democrat now, will run as an independent after a snafu with her petitions.
A sixth person, former Republican Councilman Jack Baird, may also appear on the ballot in November. However, he ran as a write-in candidate in the primary and those results will not be known until today as they have to be individually counted, said Paul Adams, elections board director.
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