July 26, 2014

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How Grace beat Quinn

Elyria independents had strong showing, but not in same wards

ELYRIA – The voters in Elyria were fickle Tuesday.

In the 4th and 5th Wards, where residents replaced their Democratic City Council representatives with independents, it was the Democratic mayor – and not his independent challenger – who collected the most votes, according to precinct breakdown numbers released Wednesday by the Lorain County Board of Elections.

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Nancy Klein gives a congratulatory hug to Elyria Mayor Bill Grace on Tuesday night after he learned he was ahead after 100 percent of the vote was counted.

Overall, eight-year incumbent Mayor Bill Grace held on to his seat by a surprisingly narrow margin, staving off the political newcomer Tim Quinn by 4,292 to 3,869, or about 50.8 percent to 45.8 percent.

Ray Noble, a write-in Republican mayoral candidate, pulled in about 268 votes citywide.

The biggest upsets in the city were in the 4th and 5th Wards, where incumbents Bonnie Ivancic and Herman Larkins were defeated by independents Mark Craig and Kevin Krischer.

In the 4th Ward, Ivancic found support in just two of the ward`s seven precincts, allowing Craig to ultimately take the other five. Craig collected 898 votes to Ivancic`s 808, or 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent.

When it came to the mayor`s race, though, that same independent streak didn`t ring true for the 4th Ward.

There, Grace emerged victorious – collecting 997 votes from 4th Ward residents to Quinn`s 853.

The same scenario played out in the 5th Ward, where independent Kevin Krischer bested Larkins 349 to 322, or 52 percent to 48 percent.

And, like their 4th Ward counterparts, residents in the 5th Ward stuck with Grace, giving him 412 voters compared to Quinn`s 254.

In all, Quinn won two of the city`s seven wards – the 1st Ward and the 7th Ward.

He won the 7th Ward – his home turf – by a little more than two dozen votes, but he collected about 58 percent of the votes in the 1st Ward, the area where he collected the most support.

The 1st Ward roughly encompasses the neighborhood whose north-sound boundaries are Cleveland Street and Stanford Avenue, and whose east-west boundaries are East River Street and South Ternes Avenue.

Contact Shawn Foucher at 653-6255 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.