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Joel Arredondo seeks to keep his Lorain City Council President seat, hosts fundraiser at MMS

By Ingrid Marie Rivera, La Prensa Correspondent

LORAIN: The general election is quickly approaching, and Lorain City Council President Joel P. Arredondo is hoping to keep his seat for a third term. Arredondo, of Mexican descent, was the first Latino to hold that position in Lorain.

Arredondo hosted a campaign fundraiser at the Mexican Mutual Society, Aug. 28, 2011, where roughly 300 people showed up to support him, he said.

Guests were treated to Mexican dinner at a $15 ticket cost. Entertainment included Mexican and Latin music provided by D.J. José “Pepe” Rivera.  Guests participated in cornhole and volleyball tournaments on the sunny Sunday afternoon.

Arredondo was first appointed as Lorain City Council President in 2008.  He was elected to the seat in 2009 when thousands supported him at the polls even though he ran an uncontested race. This November he will face competition.  Democratic candidate Arredondo will square off with Republican contender Daniel P. Sutter, Nov. 8, 2011.

“As an incumbent, I bring a lot to the table, my experience” Arredondo said “I don’t just talk the talk; I also walk it. I have a pretty good track record” he said.

This is Arredondo’s first elected public office position but he has over 30 years leading various cultural organizations that promote the Latino community. He has been a member of the Mexican Mutual Society for over 30 years, 18 of which he has been president and continues the leadership role today. He has also worked with the Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress (CHIP), and the Community Foundation of Lorain County’s Hispanic Fund since 2000. He has also served as a director on the board of the Community Foundation since 2004. Arredondo was recognized with the 2009 Leadership Lorain County Difference Maker Award. Arredondo has worked in auto sales for 26 years.

Lorain will gain a new mayor next year, and as Lorain City Council prepares for the transition, Arredondo said he hopes to continue to serve in his leadership role as a liaison between the new administration and council.

Democratic contender for Lorain Mayor Chase M. Ritenauer will face Republican candidate Timothy L. Baxter.

If re-elected, Arredondo said his focus will include jobs.

“This is not just a local issue but a national one,” Arredondo said “My leadership role includes trying to direct jobs to the city.”

But he clarified his role.

“I run the meetings, keep everything in order,” Arredondo said; “I have to be impartial on the issues. I don’t legislate. I only vote when there is a tie. With the new mayor coming in, I hope to help with the transition,” he said.

Arredondo has been married 30 years, and said his close knit family has been a great support.

His wife Joyce Arredondo and his daughter Mia Arredondo helped him with his fundraiser Sunday.

“It was very successful,” Arredondo said of his fundraiser “I thank all the supporters.”

For Arredondo and his wife education is a highly valued path.  Arredondo proudly shared both his son and daughter are attending graduate school.

Mia Arredondo works at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, and is attending her second year as a grad student at Cleveland State University.

His son, Joe Andrew is attending grad school at the University of Central Florida.

“We support each other. We believe in education, in involvement, and the empowerment (that comes) through voting,” Arredondo said.

As the first Latino to hold the council president seat in Lorain, Arredondo said he hopes to set the example for his children and other Latinos to get involved in the political process.

“Roughly 25 percent of the population in Lorain is Latino, but those numbers don’t mean anything unless they get involved, they get an education and vote,” Arredondo said.

Mexican Mutual Society Hall is located at 1820 East 28th Street (off Rt. 57). 

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Revised: 09/27/11 17:39:58 -0700.





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