ELYRIA — Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Scott Serazin’s victory in the Democratic primary Tuesday all but guarantees that he will be Elyria’s next law director.
Serazin, who defeated Chief Elyria City Prosecutor Jay Grunda, won’t face a Republican or independent challenger in the November general election. The current law director, Democrat Terry “Pete” Shilling, is retiring.
Serazin received 2,485 votes, or 53.1 percent of the vote, compared to the 2,192 votes, or 46.9 percent, garnered by Grunda, according to unofficial returns from the Lorain County Board of Elections.
Serazin — who served as the appointed law director in Elyria and North Ridgeville in the past — said he and his supporters worked hard for months to ensure he came out on top in the primary.
“We started out going door-to-door in the snow,” he said. “We were climbing over snow banks in February.”
This isn’t the first time Grunda and Serazin have faced each other in a primary. Two years ago in a primary crowded with Democrats vying to replace then-Elyria Municipal Court Judge John Musson, Grunda came out on top, only to be defeated in the general election by current Judge Gary Bennett.
Grunda said he ran hard this election, as he has in previous electoral efforts.
“We did our best and I’m proud of that,” he said.
Grunda said he plans to take some time off to go boating and recover from the rigors of the campaign trail before returning to work.
Whether Grunda will still have a job after Serazin takes office in January is something that Serazin said he hasn’t decided. He said he needs to review Shilling’s current staff before deciding who will work for him.
“I have to study it,” he said. “I have to look at a lot of personnel files.”
Grunda said he likes the work he does as a prosecutor and wouldn’t have a problem staying on if Serazin wants him to.
“I’d be proud to work for him,” he said.
Serazin said he still has plenty to keep him busy as an assistant county prosecutor in the coming months as he waits for November.
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