June 27, 2016


Election 2011: Mayoral primaries, levies fill today’s ballots

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voters in most of Lorain County will head to the polls today to decide numerous levy issues and who will represent their respective parties in the November general election.

Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams said Monday that he expects about 30 percent of the county’s 209,190 registered voters will cast a ballot in the election. He said voter turnout likely will be highest in Amherst, Elyria and Lorain.

Elyria and Lorain both have contentious primaries in their respective mayor’s races. In Elyria, Mayor Bill Grace is trying to fend off challenger Holly Brinda in the Democratic primary. Republicans Ray Noble and David Ursi Jr. are vying for their party’s nomination to challenge the winner of the Democratic contest.

Meanwhile in Lorain, Mayor Tony Krasienko is facing two opponents in his bid for a second term — former North Olmsted Safety Service Director Chase Ritenauer and Lorain City Councilman Mitch Fallis. Republican Tim Baxter is unopposed in his party’s primary.

Adams said the Lorain Schools levy should also drive voter turnout in that city.

A levy and bond issue in Amherst that, if passed, would help fund a community recreation center has strong support and strong opposition in that city, Adams said, which could lead to higher voter turnout there.

Although the polls will be open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today, 4,761 voters already have cast their ballots either by voting early at the elections board’s office or through the mail, Adams said.

Not every voter in the county will have the chance to cast a ballot this election, however.

There are no issues or primaries that will be on the ballot in LaGrange or Elyria and LaGrange townships, Adams said.

Also, voters in Columbia Township who aren’t in either the Olmsted Falls or Strongsville school districts — both of which have levies on the ballot — have nothing to vote for. In Carlisle Township, only voters who live within the boundaries of Midview Schools, which also has a levy, will need to cast a ballot.

Adams also said that some voters will find slight modifications to their voting precincts, but only in Avon Lake will voters have to cast a ballot in a different location. Voters whose precincts changed should have received a mailer in the middle of March informing them of the change, but if they have questions, they can contact the elections board at (440) 326-5900 or visit the board’s website at www.loraincountyelections.com.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

About Brad Dicken

Brad Dicken is the senior writer for the Chronicle-Telegram. He covers courts and county government, and has been with the Chronicle since 2001. He can be reached at 329-7147 or BDicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter.