2014-2015 Members of Lorain City Council 

Joel Arrendondo
Joel Arredondo
Council President
(H) 440-246-6141


Joel is currently serving his fourth term as the President of Lorain City Council. He was born and raised in South Lorain. Joel is a Graduate of Admiral King High Class of '65. He earned his BA degree with a double major in History and Spanish, along with a minor in Business Administration from Kent State University in 1972. Joel was in Restaurant Management for 15 years and has been in auto sales for the past 27 years, where he is employed at Sunnyside Toyota in North Olmsted.

Joel and his wife Joyce Ferlic-Arredondo recently celebrated their 30th glorious wedding anniversary and are the proud parents of Mia, who is employed at NASA in Brookpark and Andy, who is completing his Master’s degree in Anatomy Physiology at the University of Central Florida.

Joel is President of the St. Frances Cabrini Church Finance Committee and serves on the Mexican Mutual Society and the Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress (CHIP). He is also a board member of the Greater Lorain County Community Foundation and a member in good standing of the Lorain County Urban League, the Lorain Growth Association and the Lorain County Democratic Party Executive Committee. He is a past Vice-President of the Community Foundation Hispanic Fund and past Board member of the St. Joseph Community Center.

Joel appreciates the confidence and trust he has earned from the voting public to allow him to Listen, Learn, and Lead.


Daniel Given
Daniel Given
Council At-Large



Daniel Given is a life-long resident of the City of Lorain and a member of City Council since 1994. He is currently the Chairman of the Finance & Claims Committee and Vice Chairman of the Federal Programs Committee. He also serves as a member of the Building & Lands Committee.  He previously has chaired many other committees and currenlty serves as the Council President Pro Tempore.

The proud father of three children.  He attends St. Peter's Church in Lorain and has been an active member of Junior Achievement, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Purchasing Management Association and various other community clubs and organizations.

Dan is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, receiving a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Procurement and Materials Management and he has also attended Lorain County Community College. He is currently employed by K. Hovnanian Oster Homes, LLC as the Director of Purchasing, Estimating, & Design. He previously provided professional services to Phoenix Products Inc. in Avon Lake, Parker Hannifin's Airborne Division in Elyria, Ohio, and the Capitol American Group of Companies in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dan has served on City Council for over 20 years and is currently the longest serving member of city council elected to office. Dan has served the residents of the 7th Ward for six consecutive terms, the 8th Ward for one year, and now serves the residents of Lorain as Council- at- Large.


Joseph F.  Koziura




Tony Richardson



Tony Richardson is currently serving his second term as Councilman at Large. He is a life-long resident of the City of Lorain and graduated from Admiral King High School in 2001 with an honors diploma. While in high school, Tony was a two-year National Honor Society member, four-year LCABSE award recipient, a three-year varsity basketball letterman and named to the All-Conference, All-District, and All-Lorain County teams. In addition, he was also chosen as “Faculty Choice” to speak at Admiral King’s 2001 commencement ceremony.
In 2005, Tony earned a Bachelors of Arts from Oberlin College, where he double majored in Politics and African-American Studies with a concentration in Education. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled in law school and graduated The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law in 2009. In law school, he entered a “write-on” competition and was selected to join the prestigious and nationally recognized Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (OSJCL), which is the nation’s second most cited journal on criminal law.
Councilman Richardson is currently the Chairman of the Police & Fire Committee. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Committee and a member of the Streets & Utilities Committee respectively. He has volunteered on numerous levies and campaigns including the United Way’s capital campaign, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County’s capital campaign; Lorain City Schools levy committee, City of Lorain, Sherrod Brown, and Barack Obama. On November 15, 2012, Councilman Richardson was one of 30 Ohioans chosen to attend a “Working Meeting on Fiscal Cliff” at the White House in Washington, D.C. 
Tony currently works as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Oberlin College and serves on the Lorain County Community Action Agency board. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, improvisational theater, comedy, traveling, and mentoring youth.

Brian Gates
Brian Gates
First Ward Councilman



I was raised in Lorain, and have spent the majority of my life living here.  I graduated from Lorain Admiral King in 1996 after receiving a world class education through the Lorain City School system. I attended Albion College and the Ohio State University.  I am currently serving my second term as the representative for Lorain's First Ward.  Having grown up on Lorain's eastside, I am tremendously proud to be representing it on Lorain City Council.  I am currently Chairman of the Building & Lands Committee and serve as a member of the Streets & Utilities Committee.  

 I have always had a passion for public service.  I am an Eagle Scout and previously served as the Chairman of "Youth as Resources," a group which provides grants to youth–led service projects.  I am a proud member of and an ordained Deacon in Heritage Presbyterian Church.  In addition, I also spent two years working for various campaigns and causes around the country and I plan to use the knowledge and experiences I gained to move the City of Lorain in a positive direction.


Dennis Flores

Second Ward Councilman




Dennis was born in St Joseph’s Hospital on March 4th, 1954 and raised in Lorain, Ohio. He attended Lorain St Joseph grade school. Dennis was in the first, four-year class graduating from Lorain Catholic in 1973 and was appointed to the first Mayor’s Youth Council by former Mayor Joseph J. Zahorec.  

Dennis also attended Phillip’s Jr. College and in 1991 and received an associate’s degree in computer applications. In addition to being the “Heart of the City’s” Second Ward Councilman, he is also currently serving as Alliance Officer Secretary for Lorain County Community Alliance and also serves on the Catholic Charities Lorain Advisory Board. As a member of the Downtown Lorain Consortium his duties are to assist and work with community development on the revitalizing of Downtown Lorain. Dennis is currently the Parks & Recreation Chairman and serves as a member of the Finance & Claims Comitteee.
Dennis is known by his residents as the “People's Council Person.” Dennis’ first love is his community; he loves volunteering for different events such as Lorain Pride Day, the Downtown Lorain Christmas Decorating Council and many others.  It is not uncommon to notice Dennis taking pictures around town and posting them on social Media such as Facebook.



Tim D. Howard
Tim D. Howard
Third Ward Councilman
(H) 440-246-0000



I am a lifelong resident of the City of Lorain and proud graduate of Admiral King High School. I am also a lifelong member of Greater St. Matthews A.M.E. Church in Lorain. I am currently employed as a Computer Resource Specialist at Lorain County Community College and as a Certified Installer and Technician for Business Industry Consulting Services International, while pursuing my RCDD Certification and my BA in Urban Studies. In addition, I serve as Vice-Chairman of the African American Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County, Lorain Lions, Knights of Columbus, United Polish Club and an officer of the Masonic Order Lodge #68 and ex-official member of Direct Action for Central Lorain. I also serve as President of Ohio Staff Council for Higher Education, and the Negro Professional Business Women's Association. I have 2 beautiful children Egypt 17 and Malcolm 13 who are the lights of my life.

As the Third Ward Council Representative, I am committed to generating and supporting educational and economic initiatives aimed at restoring jobs, hope and pride in the minds and hearts of Lorain citizens.


Greg Argenti
Fourth Ward Councilman



 I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve our city through active representation of the residents of the 4th Ward and participation in the committees to which I will be appointed.


My parents are Bill and Enis Argenti and I am the proud father of Dominic and Santino Argenti. I am a graduate of Lorain Catholic H.S., attended L.C.C.C. and am a 1976 graduate of The University of Dayton.  I remained in Dayton for several years, working as a residential treatment counselor for The Montgomery County Juvenile Court System.


My professional accreditations include Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician, former Secretary and State Delegate of The Automotive Service Association (ASA), and participant in the Inter-Industry Conference on Collision Repair ( I-CAR).
My community involvement has included Lorain Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus Council 637, Lorain Elks Lodge 1301, Lorain Youth Baseball, and  L.C.J.V.S. Auto-tech Advisory Committee among others.

Eddie C. Edwards
Eddie C. Edwards
Fifth Ward Councilman
(H) 440-233-5535



I have been a Lorain resident since 1962 and a Council member since 1998, serving the residents of the Fifth Ward.  During my tenure,  I have served as the Chaplain of Lorain City Council since 1998 and intermittent;u as the President Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Federal Programs Committee.

I am  blessed with two children and serve as an active member of Church on the North Coast and as an ordained Baptist Deacon. I am the past president of the NAACP.  the "Committee for Positive Change" in the Black Community, a graduate of Leadership Lorain County and founder of the Minority Contractors Association in Lorain County. My community involvement includes active participattion in various community organizations and church-related programs and functions. 



Richard Lucente
Richard Lucente
Sixth Ward Councilman
(H) 440-277-0734



I am a lifelong resident of the City of Lorain. I was born, raised and live in South Lorain. I attended and graduated from Admiral King High School and have taken various courses at Lorain County Community College. My employer for the past thirty nine years has been the steel mill. In addition, I serve as the Chairman of the USW Local 1104 Pension Committee, a member of the Executive Board and the Employees Assistance Program. My wife Mary and I have been married for 35 years and have two children.

I was proudly appointed to serve my second term as the 6th Ward Councilman in November of 2013. As a member of Council, I serve as Vice-Chairman of the Building and Lands Committee, member of the Police & Fire and Parks & Recreation committees. It is my goal to work in cooperation with the administration, council members and the public to revitalize our great city.


Joe Faga
Seventh Ward Councilman




Joshua Thornsberry
Eighth Ward Councilman



Joshua Thornsberry is serving his first term as 8th Ward City Councilman. He was born and raised in Lorain and graduated from Southview High School in 1999. While in high school he was a three-year varsity soccer letterman and President of the prestigious Model United Nations.

In 2004, Joshua earned his Bachelor’s degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 3.97 G.P.A from Cleveland State University, where he majored in History and Political Science with an Education Licensure. He later earned his Master’s in Education and Curriculum from Bowling Green State University in 2011.
In 2006, Josh married his high school sweetheart and Admiral King Graduate Jeni Owens. In 2008 they welcomed their only child, Hunter Thornsberry into the world. Hunter is currently attending Kindergarten and plays Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Soccer – all of which Joshua coaches. Besides just coaching Hunter’s teams, Joshua is very active on the AYSA Board of Directors where he serves as In-House Soccer Coaching Director.
Joshua Thornsberry is committed to providing the residents of the 8th Ward a voice in local government. He looks forward to working with the other council members and the current administration for the betterment of the city. Joshua wishes to explore both the lake and riverfront development opportunities while being a good steward of the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars as well. Joshua Thornsberry’s top priority is protecting the integrity and property values of the 8th Ward with well thought out and planned development that will further enhance the eighth ward and surrounding areas.

Nancy Greer
Clerk of Council
(W) 440-204-2050
Fax 440-204-2521





Nancy was appointed as the Clerk of Lorain City Council in July of 1995 and is currently serving her tenth term as the Clerk of Council. She is a graduate of Lorain High School and Lorain County Community College and has achieved designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk from Kent State University in 2001.  She is an active member of the Ohio Clerk's and International Institute of Municipal Clerk's Association.