October 26, 2014

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Zuber beats Berner

AVON LAKE –  It took three times, but Karl “KC“ Zuber finally will be known as mayor.

After unsuccessfully running for mayor in 1993 and 2001, Zuber bested incumbent Mayor Robert J. Berner on Tuesday night.

Zuber collected 3,268 votes to Berner`s 2,307 votes, or 58.6 percent to 41.4 percent, according to unofficial election results.

“Politics all comes down to timing,” Zuber said Tuesday night. “The timing was there for (Berner) in 2001, but the timing was right for me in 2007. This is my eighth election. I`ll be batting 500 after (Tuesday) night.”

Berner was dismayed by the results, but said he can confidently say he has served the city well in the last six years.

“Avon Lake is in solid financial shape and the infrastructure is great,” he said. “I guess it`s time for me to get back out there and earn an honest living. I have a lot of opportunities available to me.”

Finally hearing the words “Mr. Mayor” from supporters brought a smile to Zuber`s face Tuesday as he wrapped up an election night party at the TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center.

“I think the people have seen that I have the ability to run the city,” he said. “I plan to work with all the people to get the job done.”

First on the list of Zuber`s priorities includes bringing new business to Pin Oak Parkway as well as helping the city`s existing businesses thrive.

“Everything will be a hands-across-the-table approach,” he said.

Meanwhile, the City Council will have a new member as well as voters chose Jennifer Fenderbosch over incumbent Councilman James S. Simonovich by a vote of 781 to 685, or 53.3 percent to 46.7 percent, according to unofficial election results.

Voters reelected 3rd Ward Councilman Laurence Snow Meiners, who defeated challenger Pat McDonald by a vote of 867 to 429, or 33.1 percent to 66.9 percent, according to unofficial election results.

Incumbent 4th Ward Councilman Michael Stanek bested newcomer David Kos by the slimmest of margins – 625 to 622, or 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, according to unofficial election results.

Kos said he will not concede the results until provisional ballots are counted.

In the final Council race, Councilman Timothy M. Rush, 1st Ward, ran unopposed.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 653-6268 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.