DEMS ELECT SWEDA

Sharon Sweda cho­sen as Lo­rain County com­mis­sioner to fill va­cated seat

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE -

AMHERST TOWN­SHIP

“Look­ing at the fund­ing is­sues and the job land­scape, I think there is a lot I can do to help.” zs­r­[email protected]­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_ZachSr­nis on Twit­ter

Sharon Sweda was elected Feb. 10 by the Lo­rain County Demo­cratic Party Cen­tral Com­mit­tee to be­come the new­est Lo­rain County Com­mis­sioner. She will fill the seat pre­vi­ously held by Ted Kalo who was ap­pointed Lo­rain County Clerk of Courts Jan. 13 by the same com­mit­tee. The elec­tion took place in front of com­mit­tee mem­bers and mem­bers of the gen­eral pub­lic at the Brick­lay­ers New Union Hall, lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of state Routes 113 and 58 in Amherst Town­ship. Sweda beat out Joel Arre­dondo, who is Lo­rain City Coun­cil pres­i­dent, Ober­lin City Coun­cil­man Ron­nie Rim­bert and Elyria Safety Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Mary Si­wierka for the po­si­tion.

— New Lo­rain County Com­mis­sioner Sharon Sweda By Zach Srnis

“I’m very ap­pre­cia­tive of this honor,” Sweda said. “This has hap­pened due to the hard work­ing team I have be­hind me,” she said. “When Ted (Kalo) va­cated the seat, I looked around and talked to peo­ple to see if I’m the per­son for the po­si­tion. At the end of the con­ver­sa­tions, I felt there was a lot I could do for the county as com­mis­sioner.” Sweda said she looks for­ward to help­ing with the chal­lenges the county faces. “Look­ing at the fund­ing is­sues and the job land­scape, I think there is a lot I can do to help,” she said. “I want to help at­tract in­vest­ment and bring jobs to Lo­rain County. I also know trans­porta­tion is an is­sue in the county, and I will work to ad­dress that as well.” Sweda also wanted to talk about the ru­ral ar­eas of the county. “Town­ships are not talked about enough,” she said. “They get left be­hind in some of the dis­cus­sions. We need to keep those com­mu­ni­ties in mind when we are hav­ing our dis­cus­sions.” An­thony Giar­dini, chair­man of the Lo­rain County Demo­cratic Party Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, said the elec­tion process went very well. “We had four very good can­di­dates,” he said. “It only took us two votes to get a ma­jor­ity vote, which we needed to elect the com­mis­sioner, so I thought it went very well.” The Lo­rain County Demo­cratic Party Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, with over 100 mem­bers present, could not come up with a ma­jor­ity vote for a can­di­date dur­ing the first round of votes. This led to the low­est vote get­ter, Rim­bert, be­ing dis­qual­i­fied for the sec­ond round, and the vot­ing con­tin­ued. Giar­dini was pleased with the whole process and the ul­ti­mate elec­tion of Sweda. “I’m not re­ally sur­prised she (Sweda) was elected,” he said. “She re­cently came off a tough cam­paign (run­ning for Ohio State Se­nate - District 13 in Novem­ber) and she had to over­come some neg­a­tive claims that were in­ac­cu­rate. I know the qual­ity of per­son she re­ally is and how hard she works. She is well liked and will do a great job in the po­si­tion.” Joe Thayer was the Lo­rain County Demo­cratic Party Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­ber who nom­i­nated Sweda for the po­si­tion. “I got to work with her dur­ing her pre­vi­ous cam­paign,” he said. “Based on our work­ing re­la­tion­ship, I know she is a hard worker. She is a class act, and there is no doubt she will do a great job.”

ZACHARY SRNIS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

The Lo­rain County Demo­cratic Party Cen­tral Com­mit­tee gath­ered at the Brick­lay­ers New Union Hall in Amherst Town­ship to cast their vote for the next Lo­rain County Com­mis­sioner.

ZACHARY SRNIS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Newly elected Lo­rain County Com­mis­sioner Sharon Sweda, with fel­low can­di­date Ober­lin City Coun­cil­man Ron­nie Rim­bert, right, ad­dresses the crowd of Lo­rain County Demo­cratic Party Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the gen­eral pub­lic.

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