September 3, 2014

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North Ridgeville levy fails; deeper staffing cuts planned

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Despite having put “a reasonable request” before voters, school officials came away from Tuesday’s primary election knowing they must make even deeper cuts in staffing after voters soundly rejected a 4.9-mill, 10-year emergency operating levy. “This is a gut-wrenching defeat for our school district, and especially for our students,” Superintendent Craig Phillips Read More…

Holly Brinda, Ray Noble win Elyria mayoral primaries

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ELYRIA — Democrat Holly Brinda won by waging a grassroots campaign and Republican Ray Noble bested a newcomer in an easy victory. Come November, Brinda and Noble will face off against each other in the general election after snagging their respective party’s nomination Tuesday. According to unofficial election results, Brinda won over incumbent Mayor Bill Read More…

Lorain Council: Dennis Flores clears first hurdler in getting his seat back

LORAIN — He’s getting his gun back, and he may be getting his job back, too. Former 2nd Ward City Councilman Dennis Flores on Tuesday won the Democratic primary to regain his seat despite accusations of soliciting a prostitute and failing to promptly alert police that he was carrying a pistol. He collected 303 votes, Read More…

Proposal for Amherst rec center, new elementary turned down

AMHERST — Voters didn’t buy the idea of a combination bond issue-operating levy to build a community recreation center and a new elementary school. A 6.75-mill issue to fund approximately 50 percent of the costs of each facility was defeated Tuesday by an unofficial vote of 3,538 to 2,640 — a 57 to 43 percent Read More…

Chase Ritenauer defeats Lorain Mayor Tony Krasienko in primary

Chase Ritenauer addresses his supporters at Rosewood party center. (CT photo by Chuck Humel.)

LORAIN — Chase Ritenauer crushed Lorain Mayor Tony Krasienko in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. Ritenauer took 53.3 percent of the vote, garnering 3,988 votes compared to Krasienko’s 2,424 votes, or 32.4 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns from the Lorain County Board of Elections. City Councilman Mitch Fallis, D-at large, received 1,071 Read More…

Elyria Council: Davis beats Huff in only contested race

ELYRIA — The next person to serve the residents of the 2nd Ward will not have to go too far for advice. Council President Forrest Bullocks’ next-door neighbor, Brenda Kay Davis, bested community activist Holly Huff Tuesday in the Democratic primary. Davis faces no opposition in November and will move on unchallenged to replace Bullocks, Read More…

Midview Schools levy fails

EATON TWP. — Voters Tuesday rejected additional levy money for the Midview Schools on Tuesday even though the school district sought a smaller levy than in prior attempts. Voters turned down the 5.59-mill, 10-year levy in a vote of 1,760 to 2,427 or 42 percent to 58 percent, according to unofficial returns. It has been Read More…

Primary election roundup: 21.8% of registered voters turn out

SHEFFIELD TWP. – Only 42,763 of Lorain County’s 209,190 registered voters cast a ballot in Tuesday’s primary election, according to county Board of Elections Director Paul Adams. That amounts to a turnout of 21.8 percent, Adams said, well below the 30 percent turnout he had predicted. “I figured it would be higher,” he said. “I Read More…

Scott Serazin wins Elyria law director primary

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ELYRIA — Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Scott Serazin’s victory in the Democratic primary Tuesday all but guarantees that he will be Elyria’s next law director. Serazin, who defeated Chief Elyria City Prosecutor Jay Grunda, won’t face a Republican or independent challenger in the November general election. The current law director, Democrat Terry “Pete” Shilling, is Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake levy passes; new grade 7 through 12 school to be built

SHEFFIELD LAKE — The economy might be tough, but voters Tuesday made a long commitment to the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools, passing a 4.94-mill bond issue to construct a grade seven through 12 school that will replace the aging middle school and allow Brookside High School to be turned into an intermediate school. The levy passed Read More…