April 20, 2014

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LORAIN — COUNCIL 1ST WARD

Lorain residents are being asked to vote for a 1st Ward representative. There are two candidates on the ballot. What are the biggest issues facing the city? Gates: The biggest issue facing the city of Lorain is a lack of everything — a lack of jobs, a lack of tax revenue and not enough police Read More…

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — COUNCIL AT LARGE

There are six candidates vying for three at-large seats on North Ridgeville City Council. What are the challenges or issues facing the city? Butkowski: The biggest challenge facing the city is the loss of revenue due to the reduction of income tax and property tax collections. I am concerned about the reduction of property values Read More…

LORAIN — COUNCIL 7TH WARD

Lorain residents are being asked to vote for a 7th Ward representative. There are two candidates on the ballot. What are the biggest issues facing the city? Baughman: Elyria is not the only city facing financial uncertainty. Lorain must take aggressive cost-cutting measures and avoid financial gimmicks in achieving a balanced budget. Lorain families live Read More…

VERMILION — COUNCIL 1ST WARD

Two men will vie for Vermilion’s 1st Ward seat. One is a political newcomer while the other is a former councilman. The position now is held by John Gabriel, who is not seeking re-election. What are the challenges or issues facing the city? Sherwood: The biggest challenge is finding ways to unite the city in Read More…

SHEFFIELD — VILLAGE COUNCIL

Sheffield residents are being asked to vote for four representatives. There are five candidates on the ballot, including three incumbents. What are the biggest issues facing the village? Min: My motto in this race is “Moving Forward in 2009” because I think the most important issue for Sheffield is how we will face the future. Read More…

VERMILION — COUNCIL 4TH WARD

The current 4th Ward representative to Vermilion City Council is being challenged by a former two-term Council member. What are the challenges or issues facing the city? Haponek: Major issues Vermilion faces are maintaining roads and infrastructure and attracting new businesses. Well-maintained roads and infrastructure are the backbone of any city in order to maintain Read More…

VERMILION — COUNCIL AT LARGE

An incumbent faces a fellow Council member for the lone at-large seat up for grabs in Vermilion. What are the challenges or issues facing the city? Strickler: There are many issues facing Vermilion, including aging water and sewer systems, deteriorating roads and safety concerns for Ward 5 and areas of Ward 2 south of the Read More…

VERMILION — COUNCIL PRESIDENT

There are two men running for the post of City Council president in Vermilion. What are the challenges or issues facing the city? Ostrander: Economic development is first priority — we must demonstrate to prospective employers that Vermilion is open for business. Vermilion has many prime, properly zoned areas ready for development. We need to Read More…

LORAIN — LAW DIRECTOR

Two candidates are vying to serve the remaining two years of former Lorain Law Director Mark Provenza’s four-year term. Provenza resigned in March and attorney Pat Riley was named his interim replacement and has been serving as law director since May. What are the biggest legal challenges facing the city? Riley: The U.S. Department of Read More…

LORAIN — COUNCIL 6TH WARD

Two candidates are seeking to represent Lorain’s 6th Ward. What are the biggest issues facing the city? Kerecz: Finances and balancing the budget, and understaffed safety forces to provide a safe environment for the citizens. Holcomb: I believe the biggest issue is neighborhood revitalization. Economic development, public safety and government efficiency are my basic campaign Read More…