Cowger takes Goodell’s spot on ballot

Ed Cowger has been chosen to take Republican David Goodell’s spot on the November ballot in Amherst’s second ward city council race.

Cowger, 51, is no stranger to the workings of Amherst’s government.

He previously held the ward two seat for a decade, serving five terms from 1997 to 2007.

“I’ve missed being on council and serving the city,” he said after Republican precinct committee members chose him to step in and campaign in place of Goodell, who both resigned from his leadership role and withdrew from the election Aug. 1 due to a family health emergency.

Cowger also left council amid personal medical issues, which have now been resolved. In a phone interview, he voiced empathy for the former councilman’s family.

“It saddens me to think of why Dave had to leave and he’ll be in my family’s prayers,” he said.

A manager at Wendy’s for 28 years, most recently in Strongsville, he is off work the next three to five months after a surgery. Cowger said it’s perfect timing because he’ll be able to work on the council campaign.

He feels he has solid standing with voters. Cowger has lived in Amherst since he was six years old, always in the second ward.

On Election Day, he’ll face off against Democratic newcomer Angie Schubert.

It is highly probable that Cowger will also be tapped to complete Goodell’s council term through Dec. 31. That is a separate decision local Republican party members must still vote on.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk