April 18, 2014

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Lorain County Community College levy still passes after vote recount

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — A recount of the results of the Nov. 5 election hasn’t changed the results of the Lorain County Community College levy. The levy still passed with a final vote of 28,855 votes, or 50.2 percent, in favor of the measure, according to Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams. The 28,615 Read More…

Sheffield Lake weighs trying special election for tax levy

Sheffield Lake firefighters stand outside a home after a fire on Oct. 23. The city's full-time Fire Department will be disbanded after voters rejected a levy. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A decision whether to hold a special election to try to pass a 0.5 percent income tax increase may come in January. Mayor Dennis Bring said after Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he wants to evaluate whether there is enough support for the levy to justify spending about $8,000 for a special Read More…

Board of Elections certifies LCCC levy a winner

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain County Community College’s levy victory expanded when provisional and some absentee ballots were counted, but not enough to push the results out of the range of an automatic recount. The Lorain County Board of Elections on Tuesday certified the results of the Nov. 5 election and those results show that 28,855 Read More…

Residents vote out incumbent Eaton Township trustees

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EATON TWP. — Donna Hicks and Linda Morrison lost their positions as Eaton Township trustees Tuesday. The women were not re-elected as voters favored candidates Jason Monschein, who received 752 votes or 30 percent of the votes, and Randy Houston, who received 630 votes or 25 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results. Hicks Read More…

2 independents get union help in Lorain races

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LORAIN — As Joe Thayer was celebrating Independent 8th Ward City Council candidate Joshua Thornsberry’s Tuesday victory over Democrat incumbent Frank DeTillio, Thayer was being denounced across town where the Democrats gathered to watch election results. “Joe Thayer is done!” an angry DeTillio supporter screamed as the results came in. The anger typified the split between Read More…

Longtime North Ridgeville school board member ousted after election

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Tuesday’s election results saw a changing of the guard for the North Ridgeville school board. After 10 years the board will no longer count Maria Sycz among its five members come January. The current board president placed fourth in a four-candidate race for three seats that saw newcomer Marcia Saxon easily win Read More…

Bryan Jensen to be first new Avon mayor in 20 years

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AVON — Bryan Jensen didn’t have a flashy celebration planned for the election Tuesday night. In fact, he was traveling around the city picking up election signs when he heard the news that he had been elected the next mayor. When he heard the news that he received 2,624 votes, or 44 percent, he hurried Read More…

Voter turnout well below expectations

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout in Lorain County was far lower than elections officials expected. CountyBoard of Elections Director Paul Adams said only 57,958 of the county’s 202,286 registered voters cast ballots, according to unofficial returns. That’s a turnout rate of 28.7 percent. “I’m very surprised it’s that low,” Adams, who had predicted turnout of Read More…

Elyria voters pass first of three education renewal levies

While anxious parents and school board members await poll results of Issue 31, third-grader Keira Franklin, 8, preschooler Lucas Kokai 4, and Lilah Foucher, 3, play a game of tag. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – The song blaring in the dining hall of Elyria High School said it all.
“Whooah, we’re half way there. Livin’ on a prayer,” played the Bon Jovi classic that Superintendent Paul Rigda thought summed up Tuesday’s victory perfectly. Read More…

Elyria voters approve income tax renewal

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ELYRIA — A 0.5 percent income tax renewal supporting city operations passed Tuesday night with overwhelming support, something Mayor Holly Brinda attributed to voter trust in the current direction of the city. “I am humbled and pleased voters appear to see we are trying to use tax dollars effectively and efficiently,” she said Tuesday night. Read More…