Mayor’s Race Moves to a Runoff Election

Zuber narrowly earns most votes in three-way race

With none of the three candidates, Rob Berner, Greg Zilka or K.C. Zuber, earning more than 50 percent of the mayoral vote, Avon Lake voters will see a runoff election on Dec. 6 to determine whether Zilka or Zuber, the top two vote-getters, is the.

Unofficially, Berner earned 1,755 votes (19.65 percent), Greg Zilka received 3,546 votes (39.70 percent) and incumbent Karl K.C. Zuber 3,631 votes (40.65 percent). Avon Lake requires the winning candidate to earn more than 50 percent of the vote.

Zuber said he was hoping to earn more than 50 percent Nov. 8

“You’re always hoping there wouldn’t be a runoff, but we’ve prepared for it,” he said. “Just as we prevailed in the first round, we’ll prevail in the second.”

Zilka, the current council president, said the race was now “entering the playoffs.”

“KC is a very effective campaigner,” Zilka said. “I’m pleased to have run such a good race. Now the trick is going to be getting people to get out and vote Dec. 6. We need to get our message out there and work hard. People now I collaborate and solve problems.”

Zilka said with the election after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, it might be harder to get as many people out voting.

Berner, who previously served as the city’s mayor, said his campaign focused on change.

“The focus of our campaign was less government, smaller spending,” Berner said. “Obviously the voters weren’t interested in that. The federal, state and city governments are overspending. People don’t care. We’re the only one of the candidates who put a plan on the table for the next four years and 80 percent of the community said ‘we don’t care.’

“All these people who care about their home values are in for a shock when taxes start going up.”


buckeye09 November 09, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Zuber shouldn't be so glib about getting 85 more votes than Zilka. 60% of people voted against the incumbent, realizing that this city is great in spite of Zuber not because of him. Hopefully people take the time to vote in the runoff and elect Zilka.
Candace Ashton November 09, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Mr. Berner's words are those of a sore loser. Of course, Avon Lake residents care about government spending.
Jim Brady November 09, 2011 at 02:53 PM
80% said they don't care for Berner, not his message.
Judy Snook-Kean November 09, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Is it possible to mail in a vote for December?
Lori E. Switaj November 09, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Excellent question Judy. I'll get you an answer ASAP.
Mark Lehman November 09, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Zilka looks like Robin Williams. <smile>
Dan LaVigne November 09, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Why do we need a run off which will cost us more money. Every form of government uses who wins the election has the most votes. Again another form of wasting tax payers money. Oh I forgot that the way of Conservative movement in this country D.L
Rob B November 09, 2011 at 06:57 PM
GO (KC) ZUBER you are a true leader !!!!!!!!!!!
Sarah November 09, 2011 at 07:59 PM
What a waste of money in a time we are tightening our belts!
T.bracken November 09, 2011 at 09:29 PM
If R.Berner was interested in less government spending like he states he would have dropped out of the mayors race weeks ago. He screwed up the votes just enough, now we have to spend $30,000 for a run off with the 2 real candidates.
Marilyn November 10, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Dean Henrichsen November 10, 2011 at 12:08 PM
I was hoping for a Nixonian "You won't have Rob Berner to kick around any more." Since he didn't, I'll point out that property taxes in Ohio are increased by levies. Of course, there is the amount of property tax revenue that he gave away as mayor.
Aqua Avenue November 10, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Mr Zupan....where arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeee yooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuu? Wonder if he knows Berner (just call me Rob) and Issue 2 were both defeated. He hasnt been heard from in a few days. Cynthia either.
graig zilhaha November 11, 2011 at 04:53 AM
Young man My greatest accomplishment was to wind up My old egg timer If u show up in chamber I will give you ONLY 3min. 26 years of winding the time, I retired that old thing … Maybe I should too!!!!
joe taylor November 13, 2011 at 09:41 PM
some of the losers in this forum who likely voted for obama but no longer admit it just love paying more taxes are nothing but slaves to the democratic agenda which is to screw you and put a huge stranglehold on local governments which in return is passed off to us thw tax payers.
M. SOPKO December 04, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Hello Good people of Avon Lake!!!! I AM CHANGING MY VOTE!!!! IM VOTING FOR MR ZUBER (MAYOR). Zilka's NEW FLYER IS TYPICAL POLITICAL BASHING !!!!!! IM guessing a last minute ploy to scrounge votes. This small town has done well !!!! SO HAS MR ZILKAS liberal RETIREMENTS, State Teachers retirement ++++++ Public employees Retirement. WE THE HARD WORKING PEOPLE ARE VOTING MR (KC) ZUBER !!!!!! ______________________________ |..======================.| Merry★* 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ • •。★Christmas★ 。* 。 ° 。 ° ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚ ˚ ˛ •˛•˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門| ˚And a happy new year:') ||......I WILL NOT TALK IN CLASS....|| ||......I WILL NOT TALK IN CLASS....|| ||......I WILL NOT TALK IN CLASS....|| ||......I .-------.OT T,......................|| ||......./..><....\ .. ./.......................|| ||......|.............| /\........................|| ||.......\______/ /\/.........................|| ||.........(____) / /...........................|| ||.__/ _ . _. ___/________________|| |'.==\___\_).|==============.'| ︱︱︱.|____| ︱︱︱.| .|| .| ︱︱︱.|_||_| ︱︱︱(__)(__)
Marilyn December 04, 2011 at 01:47 AM


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