October 20, 2014

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Lorain Councilman Silecky won’t run again

LORAIN — A change of address will change the makeup of the City Council.

Councilman Myroslaw “Mickey” Silecky, D-7th Ward, on Monday said he will not seek re-election. Silecky, whose term ends Dec. 31, said he’s moving out of his ward to his family’s home in Sheffield at the end of the year.

Silecky, a three-term councilman, took office in 2008 for the 7th Ward, which includes parts of Oberlin Avenue, West Erie Avenue and Kolbe and Meister roads on the west side. Silecky said he’s proud of improvements made to Lakeview Park and the opening of the Pipe Yard baseball field, which both happened in his ward on his watch.

“These are things that are helping the city grow and change and I was very glad to have been there to be part of it,” he said. “The biggest joy for me has been the fact of being able to represent the people of the 7th Ward and I will definitely miss that in the future.”

Silecky, 46, has chaired the Buildings and Grounds Committee and is a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee. He has been supportive of the Mayor Chase Ritenauer administration’s efforts to attract more businesses to Lorain and improve relations with Lorain Schools. The soft-spoken Silecky usually speaks at the end of meetings when council members are asked to list constituent concerns. Silecky often points out blighted properties or roads that need to be repaired in his ward to administrators.

Silecky, a husband and father of three sons, is vice president of Pyramid Inc., an industrial painting company in Campbell. Silecky said he is endorsing Joe Faga as his replacement.

Faga is an area manager and spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp. He often attends Council meetings on behalf of FirstEnergy, a $16 billion corporation with some 17,000 employees in six states including about 120 in Elyria and 10 in Lorain.

FirstEnergy sometimes has dealings with Lorain, such as last year when the city sold it land for $10 for the new Black River Substation between Clifton and Canton avenues. However, Faga said that if he were elected, he doesn’t foresee any conflicts of interest and has received approval from his bosses to run.

Faga, 54, said his 26 years of working with elected officials for FirstEnergy and attending government meetings will be helpful if elected. Faga, a Democrat, said he would work with the administration on blight removal as well as road and public safety improvements and finding money for the efforts.

Democrat Mike Beatty said he will also run for Silecky’s seat. Beatty unsuccessfully challenged Silecky in 2011.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.