November 26, 2014

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Commissioner Ted Kalo defeats challenger Phil Van Treuren

LORAIN — Amherst City Councilman Phil Van Treuren argued throughout his campaign that he worked harder than anyone else who’s ever run for Lorain County commissioner, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Commissioner Ted Kalo, a Democrat, beat the Republican, Van Treuren, on Tuesday to win a third term. According to unofficial election returns, Read More…

Lori Kokoski easily holds on to commission seat

LORAIN — Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski cruised to a third term Tuesday, handily defeating her Republican challenger, Columbia Township Trustee Mike Musto. According to unofficial election returns, Kokoski, a Democrat, received 71,573 votes, or 59 percent, compared with Musto’s 49,766 votes, or 41 percent. “I’m glad it’s finally over, and I plan on making Read More…

Elyria Schools levy defeated

ELYRIA — It was a subdued atmosphere at Elyria High School even before the first set of election results were posted online Tuesday evening. Superintendent Paul Rigda, usually the boisterous leader of the district, stayed mainly at his table, huddled with the district’s treasurer, human resource director and business services director. IPhones and smart phones Read More…

Sherrod Brown defeats Josh Mandel to keep Senate seat

COLUMBUS — Democrat Sherrod Brown won re-election to the U.S. Senate today after one of the most expensive and closely watched match-ups in the country. Despite an onslaught of attacks from conservative outside groups, Brown topped Republican challenger Josh Mandel, the state treasurer and a U.S. Marine veteran who did two tours in Iraq. The Read More…

Lorain Schools passes first new levy in 20 years

Lorain School Board Vice President Bill Sturgill, Chairwoman of Citizens for Lorain Schools Chairwoman Bambi Dillon, and Lorain Schools Superintendent Tom Tucker were happy at the early returns for its school levy Tuesday. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

LORAIN — Like a sports team trying to win on the road, supporters of the Lorain Schools’ levy hoped to run up a big lead and hang on for dear life. “Please let it keep trending,” Board of Education and levy committee member Bill Sturgill said at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday with 65 percent of the Read More…

Township residents say no to forming police district

Voters in 16 of the county’s 18 townships decided Tuesday that they did not want to fund their own police district. A 1.25-mill levy that would have set up a designated police district with 10 deputies, failed 8,959 to 11,022 or 45 percent to 55 percent, according to unofficial election returns. The levy would have Read More…

Tax increase will fix Lorain roads, save jobs

LORAIN — Roads will be smoother and the parks will cleaner with Tuesday’s passage of Issue 13, a 0.5 percent income tax increase. The permanent increase will raise $5.3 million annually, with much of it going to pay for road improvements and to hire workers to maintain the parks. About $2 million will fill a Read More…

Elyria voters reject expansion of when city can seek levies

ELYRIA — Voters in Elyria only want to see tax issues one time a year — during November general elections. An attempt to change the charter to allow for proposals on primary ballots failed, according to unofficial election results. Of the eight charter amendments Elyria voters saw on the ballot Tuesday, they resoundingly rejected Issue Read More…

Voters say yes with larger issue for North Ridgeville Schools

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — After three straight failures for a 10-year emergency operating levy for the North Ridgeville Schools, voters finally said yes to a slightly bigger issue at the polls Tuesday. According to unofficial returns from the Lorain County Board of Elections, the 5.9-mill levy was approved 8,207 to 6,297, or 57 percent to 43 Read More…

Frank Janik earns seat on bench

AMHERST — Amherst City Councilman Frank Janik will trade in his chair at Amherst City Hall for a seat behind the bench at the Lorain County Justice Center. Janik, a former assistant county prosecutor now working as a criminal defense attorney, beat out attorney Richard Ramsey in the race to replace retiring Domestic Relations Judge Read More…