October 2, 2014

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Avon Council president declares run for mayor

AVON — It’s getting a bit crowded in the race to be the city’s next mayor.

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City Council President Dan Zegarac announced his candidacy Wednesday, saying he wants to continue the city’s string of positive developments, including bringing more business to town.

“Business expansion has been a big help in reducing the city’s financial burden, and we should use any opportunity to help somebody grow and locate their business to Avon,” Zegarac said.

Zegarac, 56, who is serving his second at-large term, becomes the third Council member to enter the race.

Councilman Bryan Jensen, 1st Ward, and Councilman Kevin M. Ward, 3rd Ward, previously announced their candidacies for the city’s top job, which will be vacated by Jim Smith, who will retire at the end of this year after 20-plus years at the city’s helm.

Touting the city’s attractive location for business because Interstate 90 bisects the community, Zegarac cited the benefits of increased tax revenue for the city and school system that are produced by businesses that have set up shop in the city.

Zegarac said the city owes fiscal responsibility to residents who “deserve the most for their tax dollars.”

A recently completed geographical survey designed to ultimately help the city reduce flooding headaches is another priority for Zegarac.

Raised in the city, Zegarac has also raised his own family there, including sons Dan, 31; Joe, 28; Bob, 25; Paul, 22; and daughter Katie, 19. Zegarac and his children all attended Avon Schools.

Zegarac, who attended Kent State University, is employed by the Ganley Auto Group as a sales/business manager at the firm’s Cleveland and Aurora locations where he has worked for nearly eight years.

“I started in the auto business in high school at $1.65 per hour and became general manager,” Zegarac said. “It’s exciting when you’re trusted by an entrepreneur to help manage a $30 million-plus location.”

He said he would draw on his years of leadership on Council and business experience to benefit the city.

In addition to serving as City Council president, he has also chaired Council’s Service and Economic Development Committees, and served on the Parks and Recreation Commission and Legal Committee.

A member of St. Mary Church and Knights of Columbus 3269, Zegarac is also a social member of Avon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7035.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.