November 26, 2014

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Political newcomer Siwierka top vote-getter in Elyria at-large race

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ELYRIA — Mary Siwierka proved in May that she is a political force to be reckoned with and on Tuesday she once again showed her popularity in the city by capturing the distinction of being the top vote-getter among the nine candidates seeking at-large Council seats. A Democratic newcomer, Siwierka bested incumbent Democrat Councilmen Mike Read More…

Voters reject Issue 4 sales tax hike

SHEFFIELD LAKE — Voters overwhelmingly rejected a 0.5 percent sales tax hike that Lorain County officials insisted was necessary to avoid additional cuts to county services. “It’s a tough economic climate and we knew that,” county Prosecutor Dennis Will, who served as co-chairman of the committee pushing the sales tax, told a crowd of county Read More…

2 incumbent Oberlin Council members ousted

OBERLIN — Voters ousted Council President David Sonner and Councilman David Ashenhurst from their positions on Council Tuesday night. The loss of both long-time incumbents, as well as two other representatives who decided not to run again, means City Council will have four new faces beginning next year: Kate Pilacky, 47, associate field director Western Read More…

Voter turnout excedes expectations, causes problems at some locations

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout Tuesday exceeded Lorain County Board of Elections Director Jose Candelario’s expectations. Candelario had predicted between 35 and 40 percent of the county’s 203,555 registered voters would cast either absentee or show up at the county’s polling places to cast their ballots. The final number of ballots cast was 85,955, he Read More…

Cuyahoga County votes to remake county government

CLEVELAND — Ohio’s most populous county is remaking its government to replace an administration targeted by a federal corruption investigation. Voters in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, approved a ballot issue Tuesday that replaces the three county commissioners with an elected county executive and an 11-member council. With 84 percent of precincts reporting unofficial results, Read More…

Grafton library levy defeat likely will mean cutting hours

GRAFTON — The Grafton-Midview Public Library probably will have to cut operating hours in the wake of the defeat of a 1.5-mill levy, said library board president Bob Lessing. “We will have to cut almost immediately,” Lessing said. The vote was 3,100 for the levy or 47.96 percent and 3,364 or 52.04 percent against it, Read More…

Audio: Elyria Schools levy passes by a landslide

ELYRIA — Voters on Tuesday gave the Elyria Schools a huge measure of support — renewing a 7.96-mill property tax levy by what easily could be labeled a landslide. The renewal, which raises about $8.2 million a year and represents about 12.5 percent of the operating budget, passed 8,341 to 4,955, or 62.73 percent to Read More…

Close NR at-large race will change Council makeup

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The political make-up of North Ridgeville City Council will change following Tuesday’s at-large election, which saw a Democratic incumbent defeated, and a Republican veteran return to city politics. “I don’t want to celebrate too hard as it was so close,” said Republican Roseanne Johnson, who declined to say much until the admittedly Read More…

Gay-marriage foes claim victory in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — Gay-marriage opponents are claiming victory in a closely watched referendum in Maine on a new state law that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed. The law in question was passed by the Legislature in May but never took effect because of a petition drive by conservatives. With more than 84 percent Read More…

Lorain Schools levy fails, leaves district with ‘some very serious challenges’

LORAIN — The 6.43-mill levy for Lorain City Schools was defeated Tuesday leaving school officials disappointed and worried about the future of the district. “These are tough times and certainly the school district has a need,” said Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson. “We are going to be faced with some very serious challenges and I think everybody’s Read More…