October 1, 2014

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Avon Lake voters head to polls for mayor runoff

AVON LAKE — Voters will choose their next mayor in a special runoff election today, but low turnout is anticipated.

Zuber

Zilka

About 30 percent of the city’s 16,000 registered voters are expected to cast a ballot, said Paul Adams, director of the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Incumbent Mayor Karl “K.C.” Zuber will face Council President and former interim mayor Greg Zilka. In November, Zuber edged Zilka by a 41 to 40 percent, an 83-vote margin.

The runoff, which will cost the city an estimated $25,000 to $30,000, was necessary because none of three candidates rang up more than 50 percent of the vote in November. A 2001 change in the city charter mandated the runoff.

Though the two men have differing philosophies when it comes to running the city, they agree the city charter should be changed to prevent another runoff from having to take place. Options could include a nonpartisan primary, with the top two vote-getters squaring off in November to determine the eventual winner.

Even though turnout is expected to be low, Adams said it likely will be higher than if most other cities in the county were to have a similar special election.

In November, Avon Lake saw 56 percent of registered voters, or 9,351, cast ballots.

“The only other city that had higher turnout was Amherst, which was a shade higher at 56.89 percent,” Adams said.

Where to vote

Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters will go to the polls at seven locations:

  • American Legion Post 211, 31972 Walker Road.
  • Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd.
  • Eastview Elementary School, 230 Lear Road.
  • Old Fire House Community Center, 150 Avon Belden Road.
  • Redwood Elementary School, 32967 Redwood Blvd.
  • Troy Intermediate School on Belmar Boulevard.
  • Westview Elementary School, 155 Moore Road.