December 19, 2014

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GOP leaders set meeting to name Foltin replacement

LORAIN — After weeks of confusion, a meeting to select an interim Lorain mayor has been scheduled for Thursday.

Helen Hurst, chairwoman for the county’s Republican Party Central Committee, said the city’s Republican Party Precinct Committee will gather 7 p.m. in Gargus Hall on North Ridge Road to nominate and vote on a new mayor who will serve until the end of the year.

The city has been without a mayor since Aug. 2, when former Mayor Craig Foltin stepped down to take a financial position with Cuyahoga Community College.

Hurst said it took so long because the party members were unsure about who had the authority to call the meeting — the county chairwoman or the Lorain area chairman.

The confusion was sparked when former Lorain Law Director Mike Scherach said Lorain Area Republican Party Chairman David Arredondo should call the meeting.

Hurst learned last week at a party meeting that she was the one who should call the meeting because state law recognizes only state and county political parties when it comes to appointing officials. A resolution was subsequently passed by the party’s executive committee giving Hurst that power.

Hurst said the party was just trying to follow the law and she didn’t like that people were saying her party looked foolish for not selecting a mayor quickly.

“If we do this wrong, the new mayor can be challenged, so we have to do it according to law,” she said.

When asked why she and Arredondo didn’t both just call the meeting, she said the party was afraid that even that could be called into question.

“It’s not that simple. It needs to be done by legal procedure so it is correct,” she said.

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.