LORAIN — There’s a black leather chair in City Hall that’s collecting dust.
It’s the mayor’s chair, and it’s been empty for exactly two weeks today. The Lorain Republican Central Committee has yet to call a meeting to appoint an interim mayor to fill the remaining four months of former Mayor Craig Foltin’s term.
Lorain Area Republican Party Chairman David Arredondo said Wednesday that Helen Hurst, chairwoman of the county’s Republican Precinct Committee, was ready to call a meeting last week, but an opinion by former Lorain Law Director Michael Scherach threw a kink into Hurst’s plans.
Scherach told Arredondo that he should be the one who calls the meeting, since he is the head of Lorain’s Republican Party.
“We were prepared to go forward with a meeting until last week, when attorney Mike Scherach gave his opinion,” he said. “We seem to feel differently, so we have the party’s county chairman looking into it.”
That chairman, Bob Rousseau, said Wednesday that a lawyer has been looking into the issue since last week but has not given any indication when he would be done.
Rousseau said he wouldn’t name the attorney because he is working for free and didn’t want his name made public.
When asked why both Arredondo and Hurst don’t just call the meeting together by choosing the same date, Arredondo said he would not be opposed to that idea and would bring it up at a party meeting tonight.
The committee has until Sept. 16, or 45 days after Foltin officially stepped down, to call the meeting, according to state law. Foltin left office last month to take a job at Cuyahoga Community College.
John Romoser, the Republican candidate who filed to run in November, is the person most think will be selected by the committee.
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