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Fouts, Colegio advance in Warren mayor’s race

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 7, 2019

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WARREN — Warren’s current mayor and the mayor pro tem will contend for the job as the city’s top administrator in November.

Now vying for his fourth four-year term in office, Mayor Jim Fouts finished first atop a field of nine candidates during the primary election Aug. 6, garnering 9,611 (58%) of a total of 16,560 votes cast city-wide in the mayoral primary.

Warren City Councilwoman Kelly Colegio was the closest of eight challengers, finishing in second place with 3,900 votes (23.6%). Kristina Lodovisi (1,055 votes, 6.4%), Brett Felton (978 votes, 5.9%) and Chris Pasternak (605 votes, 3.7%) rounded out the top five.

“I’m taking this challenge seriously,” Fouts said on election night after leaving Andiamo Warren, where he gathered with supporters and a “team” of candidates he endorsed: City Clerk Sonja Buffa, Councilman Ron Papandrea, and City Council candidates Angela Rogensues, Richard Paul Sulaka II and Gary Boike. “I’m happy the people I endorsed came in pretty strong. That means the voters have a strong approval of my administration.”

Fouts said the campaign will be “awkward” and “disappointing” heading into November because he has endorsed Colegio in the past.

Colegio said Aug. 7 that she told her supporters the city is at “a crossroads.”

“We can go down the path of the old politics of the past and my children, my grandchildren will continue to move away for more welcoming cities,” Colegio said. “We will continue to experience poor road conditions, unsafe parks and declining neighborhoods.”

With the general election now 12 weeks away, Colegio said she will concentrate on reaching as many voters as possible as she attempts to close the gap between herself and Fouts.

“I think I would state that the voters have spoken, and 42% of the electorate is looking for a new mayor,” Colegio said. “This is going to be an interesting race going into November. Warren has a good chance to have its first female mayor.”