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Meet the Candidates Night includes debate between Tom Williams, Rep. Matt Lundy

 

BACK ROW: Dan Ramos, (D-Lorain, state representative), Matt Lundy (D-Elyria, state representative and Lorain County commissioner candidate), Matt Lark (D, state representative candidate, 57th district), Tom Williams (R, Lorain County commissioner), and Brendan Mackin (D, state representative candidate, 55th District).  FRONT ROW: Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), Janet Garrett (D-Lima, 4th Congressional District candidate), and Eve Belfance (Ninth District judge for the Court of Appeals). State Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, is not pictured. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

BACK ROW: Dan Ramos, (D-Lorain, state representative), Matt Lundy (D-Elyria, state representative and Lorain County commissioner candidate), Matt Lark (D, state representative candidate, 57th district), Tom Williams (R, Lorain County commissioner), and Brendan Mackin (D, state representative candidate, 55th District). FRONT ROW: State Sen. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), Janet Garrett (D-Oberlin, 4th Congressional District candidate), and Eve Belfance (Ninth District judge for the Court of Appeals). State Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, is not pictured. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The first Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday included a heated debate between Republican County Commissioner Tom Williams and his opponent, state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, who is vying for Williams’ seat.

The forum was organized by the Lorain County AFL-CIO and the United Auto Workers Community Action Program Region 2B. Union rights were a big part of the debate. Lundy, who took office in 2007 and whose term expires Dec. 31, portrayed Williams as an anti-union, anti-government corporatist and tea party sympathizer.

Lundy hammered Williams for voting against a symbolic measure passed by the three-member Board of Commissioners opposing Senate Bill 5, which would’ve stripped public workers of most of their collective bargaining rights. The bill passed in the Legislature, but was defeated by voters in a 2011 referendum.

“There’s only one pro-labor candidate in this race, and you’re looking at him right now,” Lundy said to applause from the 100 people in the audience at Lorain County Community College. “I have a nearly eight-year record, that’s a proven track record of working for working families.”

Lundy said Williams, who took office in 2011 and has frequently feuded with Democratic commissioners Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski, is divisive. He cited Williams referring to county judges who sought more money from commissioners as “thugs in robes.”

Lundy said Williams’ opposition to tax hikes to fund public transportation and county government epitomized his pro-corporate, anti-government beliefs.

“It’s not about being anti-government, Tom,” said Lundy, who is leaving the Legislature due to term limits. “It’s about good government.”

Williams denied he is anti-worker or a tea party supporter, and said his vote against Senate Bill 5 was because he doesn’t believe county commissioners should tell state representatives how to vote. Williams noted he walked the picket lines in December in support of striking Lorain County Job and Family Service workers who were seeking higher pay and more time off.

Williams denied being divisive, but said he has fought for greater transparency on the board and defended calling the judges thugs. He said his opposition to the judges saved taxpayers $600,000.

Williams said he was proud of defending residents of Amherst, Elyria and Sheffield townships when Lorain, which provides sewer service to the townships, raised their rates to 200 percent of what Lorain residents pay. Lorain’s City Council reduced the rates to 130 percent after a backlash by residents of the townships.

“Being a county commissioner is representing the entire county, and sometimes you have to take on elected officials to make sure your point is heard,” Williams said to applause. “I bring balance to county government. I make sure that we question all expenditures.”

Before the debate, several candidates made their case for election. The most passionate remarks came in a 21-minute address by state Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, who is running for Ohio secretary of state, the office that oversees elections.

Turner condemned the Republican-majority Legislature for voting restrictions such as eliminating the “golden week” in which voters could register and vote on the same day, and a law that gives the Legislature sole authority to authorize mailing of unsolicited absentee ballots.

“I am running for secretary of state because I understand that all paths lead through the ballot box,” Turner said. “The citizens of the great state of Ohio deserve a secretary of state who will protect and expand access to the ballot box.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.


  • JoyceEarly

    Lundy said “Williams’ opposition to tax hikes to fund public
    transportation and county government epitomized his pro-corporate,
    anti-government beliefs.” What? Wouldn’t that be pro voter limited government beliefs? It’s not a bad thing thing he’s pro-corporate because being pro-corporate means he’s focusing on getting jobs here. He’s the most pro voter commissioner we have ever had. He listens to the citizens and watches the poll results. The taxpayers keep voting down the tax hikes. He recognizes that the voters don’t want to pay for these things. Get a freaking clue Lundy. All Tom has done from day one is try and make County government more efficient. He’s tried to eliminate wasteful spending and every single time the other commissioners voted these ideas down. You have a tough road ahead of you Lundy, Tom has done an incredible job. We need two more like him. I will be shocked if the voters side with your high taxes big corrupt government position. I wouldn’t vote for you on your anti second amendment stance on principle. You lied about being pro second amendment and voted as such. You need to be out of any level of government! You are a gun grabber!

    • Don Grantzki

      Lundy is typical of all demmunists in expecting his flock of sheeple to blindly approve any and all idiotic programs he can conjure up.
      As far as the shake down racket that unions provide, they share responsibility with the left in causing the US dollar being devalued to less that .03 cents when compared to it’s value in 1950′s money.

    • Scout

      Totally agree with you Joyce. Williams has been the only rational voice on the commissioners board. We don’t need higher taxes in this area. We need fiscal responsibility and accountability for the use of our monies.

  • Sis Delish

    Retire Lundy Now, before his many government Pensions get even more of a burden to all Taxpayers,

  • golfingirl

    “…….portrayed Williams as an anti-union, anti-government corporatist and tea party sympathizer.”

    Sounds like three good reasons to vote for him in my opinion!

  • SniperFire

    Matt Lundy: ‘We need to be more like Detroit!”

  • Sis Delish

    The C-T photo is gender based…

  • golfingirl

    Lundy says…..“It’s about good government.”

    It that an oxymoron, or what?

    For Lundy, he has to seek another government job, due to term limits.

    Always looking for a way to feed at the trough of the taxpayers. Just like a big, fat pig!

  • GreatRedeemer

    The forum was organized by the Lorain County AFL-CIO and the United Auto Workers Community Action Program Region 2B. Union rights were a big part of the debate.”

    “There’s only one pro-labor candidate in this race, and you’re looking at him right now,” Lundy said to applause.”
    What other outcome would one expect.

    So should non union citizens expect their interests to be minimized in favor of the pro-labor and historically union friendly candidate? Just wondering.

  • HankKwah

    Lundy, like all democrats when they campaign, comes out attacking and accusing and spouting BS. No record whatsoever to run on, but he can attack his opponent and make up lies and assign tags to his opponents actions. If anyone wants this county to get better and thrive, we can’t have any more democrats calling the shots. You see where Kalo/Kokoski have got us. You can see where Ritenauer and Krasienko got us in Lorain. And look what FitzGerald HASN’T done in Cuyahoga County. Won’t even mention the hole that Strickland put us in or that obama is still digging (because to get out of the hole, you must dig it deeper.)

    • Sean MacNair

      “Lundy, like all POLITICIANS when they campaign, comes out attacking and accusing and spouting BS.”
      There. Fixed that for ya :)

      • golfingirl

        I actually agree with you on this one.

      • HankKwah

        I see this more out of the democrats. Not saying the Republicans don’t, just saying it’s the liberals that make the news with their big mouths like this. Good bet it’s the media, too.

    • rob

      Yeah these stupid democrats don’t listen when the wealthy man pulls up in his six figure ride and says we’re all eating baloney sandwiches for dinner. I don’t understand the trust issues, just because someone is a millionaire or billionaire on the backs of his laborer, doesn’t give the worker a right to ask for anything more than what’s required to survive through the night and be on time to his shift the next day. That’s what is wrong with the world, greedy people who think that their life is worth so much they might end up buying a house some day or putting their kids in college. If you wanted all that you should have been born into it or at a time when copyright laws didn’t exist and there were still simple inventions to bring to the world. That’s why I don’t understand people on welfare, yeah most jobs don’t pay any better but at least you get the pride of knowing you helped your boss go on an amazing vacation.

      • HankKwah

        Jealous much? Just had this conversation with someone else that was butt-hurt. Go to school, get an education, get the experience, get the right job, get paid. Make the wrong choices, do stupid stuff, make irresponsible decisions, you end up punching the clock and thinking you deserve more for doing less.

  • golfingirl

    Lundy’s hair looks like Donald Trump’s in the photo.

    He spends like The Donald, but others’ money. The similarities end at the hair.

  • onesears

    Lundy, your time is up.. The voters have spoken. NO MORE CAREER POLITICIANS. Maybe McDonalds needs a night manager..

  • golfingirl

    Does anyone else find the photo comical?

    Look at the guy on the far left, not politically, that would include most of them, but his position in the photo.

    The Judge looks like Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but about 200 years younger.

    • 2muchgovernment

      Looks like he doesn’t belong there….like he’s photobombing! lol.

  • guest

    Guy on left is dan ramos, couldnt ask for a harder working man. if you didnt spend all off your time on here complaining maybe you would know. matt lundy rocks. welcome to the new commish

  • avonohio

    When are they holding a candidate night supported by the republicans. Oops,they’re all on here complaining. Bunch of little girls. Go ahead responded you little bi tches.

    • SniperFire

      Lundy. Was he the guy with the swastika arm band?

  • damo99

    Welcome to your new position Mr. Lundy. Democrats rule again!!!