The Lorain County Board of Elections certified Avon Lake Council President Greg Zilka on Dec. 19 as the next
Zilka earned 2,466 votes (50.35 percent) to incumbent Mayor K.C. Zuber’s 2,432 votes.
Zilka increased the amount of votes he won by to 34. On Dec. 6, before mail-in and provisional ballots were received, Zilka led by 29 votes in the runoff election. The unofficial Dec. 6 results were 2,451 votes cast for Zilka and 2,422 for Zuber.
Ohio law requires an automatic recount if there is 1/2 of 1 percent differential. With a total of 4,873 votes cast, a differential of 24 votes would require a recount. The certified results by the Board of Elections guarantee a recount will not be required.
With neither candidate earning more than 50 percent of the votes at the Nov. 8 General Election, Zilka and Zuber were forced to a run off election.