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Lee Belardo Begins Campaign to Join Avon City Council

Lee Belardo - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Together, we can move our city forward."

Avon – On June 12, 2013 petitions were filed for certification with the Lorain County Board of Elections nominating Lee Belardo as a candidate for the office of member-at-large of the Avon City Council. The Avon City Council is comprised of 7 members; one representative from each of the 4 city Wards and 3 members elected by the voters of the entire city. With at least three current council members (Bryan Jensen, Kevin Ward and Dan Zegarac) announcing their intentions to run for Mayor of Avon, Lee Belardo desires to fill a vacancy created by their departure from City Council.

Lee is married to Michelle Belardo. Together they have two children ages 17 and 14. Having chosen to move to Avon fifteen years ago, the Belardos have stayed and grown as the city has grown. “One of the reasons I am running is to ensure Avon remains a safe place to raise a family,” states Lee.

An attorney since 1993, Lee saw opportunity in the vibrant community of Avon and opened his Law Offices to provide competent and professional legal services to residents of Avon and surrounding communities. “Avon needs to remain an attractive place for businesses, including small businesses. Successful entrepreneurial ventures supported by smart infrastructure maintenance give Avon its local charm.”

Lee was appointed to the 2012 Avon City Charter Review Committee by Mayor Smith and elected vice-chair of the committee by the other members. That committee recommended the change to 4 year terms for city council members which the voters approved last November. Of his experience Lee says, “I met many civic-minded neighbors as we debated several issues and weighed the options to decide what would be best for the city. I came away with a new found respect for those in public office who do this on a daily basis and I aspire to emulate the best of them.”

In the past 30 years the City of Avon has experienced remarkable growth culminating in this year’s Cleveland Magazine’s #3 ranking for northern Ohio Communities. As a new era begins in the city, special interest should not impede Avon’s future development. Lee believes, “listening to developers, businesses, and the citizens of Avon whether just moved into town or here for generations is the best way to find consensus for the good of Avon. Together, we can move our city forward.”

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