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           2014-2015 Members of Lorain City Council 



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

 

Joel Arredondo 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
Council At-Large

440-282-6200

 

Daniel Given is a life-long resident of the City of Lorain and a member of City Council since 1994. He is currently serving as a Council at-Large representative, 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.

Dan is 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
Council-at-Large

440-282-7452 

 

Joseph Koziura was elected to serve the citizens of the City of Lorain as a Council at-Large reprsentative in 2014.  He has also served as the Mayor of the City of Lorain from 1996 through 1999, City of Lorain Auditor and the State of Ohio Representive during his lengthy tenure.   
 
Joseph is a life-long resident of the City of Lorain, a former steelworker and veteran.   He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Lorain City Council Finance and Claims Committee, and a member of the Federal Programs Parks and Recreation committees.

 

 


Tony Richardson

Council-at-Large

440-420-9229

   
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
First Ward Councilman
440-240-8053 

 
Brian Gates was raised in Lorain and has spent the majority of his life living here. He graduated from Lorain Admiral King in 1996 after receiving a world class education through the Lorain City School system. He attended Albion College and the Ohio State University.  Brian is currently serving his second term as the representative for Lorain's 1st Ward. Having grown up on Lorain's eastside, he is tremendously proud to be representing the area. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Building & Lands Committee and also serves as a member of the Streets & Utilities Committee.  
 
Brian has always had a passion for public service.  He is an Eagle Scout and previously served as the Chairman of "Youth as Resources," a group which provides grants to youth–led service projects.  He is a proud member of and an ordained Deacon in Heritage Presbyterian Church.  In addition, Brian also spent two years working for various campaigns and causes around the country and plans to use the knowledge and experiences gained to move the City of Lorain in a positive direction.
 


Dennis Flores

Second Ward Councilman

440-714-7810 

 
Dennis Flores 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
Third Ward Councilman
(H) 440-246-0000
 

 

 
Tim Howard is a life-long resident of the City of Lorain and proud graduate of Admiral King High School. He is also a lifelong member of Greater St. Matthews A.M.E. Church in Lorain and 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.  He continnues to pursue his RCDD Certification and B.A. in Urban Studies. Tim serves 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. He also serves as President of Ohio Staff Council for Higher Education, and the Negro Professional Business Women's Association. Tim is married and has two beautiful children, his daughter Egypt and son Malcolm.
 
As the 3rd Ward Council Representative, Tim is 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

440-429-0351 

 

Greg Argenti was appointed to serve the residents of the 4th Ward in 2014.  He currently serves on Lorain City Council Police and Fire and Building and Lands CommitteesHis parents are Bill and Enis Argenti and he is the proud father of Dominic and Santino Argenti. He is a graduate of Lorain Catholic H.S., attended L.C.C.C. and am a 1976 graduate of The University of Dayton.  He remained in Dayton for several years, working as a residential treatment counselor for The Montgomery County Juvenile Court System.  
 
His 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).
His 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
Fifth Ward Councilman
(H) 440-233-5535
 

 

Eddie Edwards has been a Lorain resident since 1962 and a distinguished member of Lorain City Council since 1998, serving the residents of the 5th Ward.  He has served as the Chaplain of Lorain City Council since 1998 and intermittently as the President Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Federal Programs Committee and members of various other committees.

He is blessed with two children and serves as an active member of Church on the North Coast and as an ordained Baptist Deacon. He is also the past president of the NAACP and the "Committee for Positive Change" in the Black Community. Eddie is agraduate of Leadership Lorain County and founder of the Minority Contractors Association in Lorain County. His community involvement includes active participattion in various community organizations and church-related programs and functions. 

 


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

 

Rick Lucente is a life-long resident of the City of Lorain. He was born and raised in South Lorain and still lives in the area today. He attended and graduated from Admiral King High School and have taken various courses at Lorain County Community College. Rick has been employed by the steel mill for the past thirty nine years. In addition, he has served as the Chairman of the USW Local 1104 Pension Committee, a member of the Executive Board and the Employees Assistance Program. Rick and his wife Mary have  been married for 35+ years and have two children.

Rick was proudly appointed to serve in November of 2013 and was reelected in 2014 for a second term to serve the reisdents of the 6th Ward. He serves the as Vice-Chairman of the Building and Lands Committee, a member of the Police & Fire and Parks & Recreation committees. His goal is to work in cooperation with the administration, council members and the public to revitalize our great city.

 


Joe Faga
Seventh Ward Councilman

440-707-6224 

  Joe Faga was elected in 2014 to serve as the 7th Ward Councilman for the City of Lorain.  He currently serves as a member on Lorain City Council Federal Programs, Finance and Claims and Streets and Utilities Committtee.   
 

 

Joshua Thornsberry
Eighth Ward Councilman

440-654-1815
 

 

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