DEMS ELECT SWEDA
Sharon Sweda chosen as Lorain County commissioner to fill vacated seat
“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.”
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.
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.