SA mayor bows out as candidates step up

By Valerie Urbanik -

South Amherst mayor Barbara Becker

South Amherst mayor Barbara Becker

Barbara Becker will not seek to remain mayor of South Amherst for another term, according to filings with the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Former mayor Ronald Schmitz and current village council president David Leshinski have both thrown their hats into the small-town race and will appear on the November ballot.

The new field was revealed Wednesday evening after the deadline for non-partisan candidates to file.

Two South Amherst council and two board of public affair seats are also open. Residents David Troike and Jed Willis are shoe-ins for the council seats, as are James Balog and David Faight for the open spots on the public affairs board.

In Amherst Township, incumbent David Urig will be challenged by Ronald Yacobozzi in the race for one open trustee seat. Yacobozzi has held a position for three decades on the Amherst board of education.

Howard Akin was the sole candidate to file for the fiscal officer role in the township, where he has served the past several years.

Incumbents Rex Engle and Marc Zappa have filed to retain their seats on Amherst board of education without contest.

Three residents are in the running for two open seats on the Firelands board of education. They are Mark Leshinski, Tom Myers, and Michael O’Keefe.

The Lorain County board of elections must still evaluate each candidate’s petitions and verify that the correct number of valid signatures was presented to be eligible to seek office. Verification will be complete by Aug. 17.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @ValUrbanik on Twitter.

South Amherst mayor Barbara Becker Amherst mayor Barbara Becker

By Valerie Urbanik