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VIDEO: Lorain County Commissioner candidates engage in debate

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ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, a Republican, and his Democratic opponent, state Rep. Matt Lundy, found a little common ground Wednesday during a debate sponsored by The Chronicle-Telegram. Both men said they adamantly opposed imposing a sales tax increase on county residents to deal with budget problems that have plagued county government in Read More…

Voter’s guide goes digital

OBERLIN — Wouldn’t it be great if you could just type in your address somewhere and poof — all of the information you need to vote would be right there? No more searching through countless websites, looking up issues and candidates. No more going to your polling place and forgetting all of the information you Read More…

Former councilman leads opposition to Elyria tax issue

City tax Vote No sign at 2nd St and East Ave Sep 25.  Steve Manheim

ELYRIA — A former City Councilman has launched an opposition campaign against the city’s upcoming tax issue calling for Elyrians to vote no on Issue 14. It flies in the face of the issue’s supporters who say the 0.25 percent temporary income tax earmarked for the Police and Fire departments is about keeping Elyria safe. Read More…

Commissioner candidates debate at LCCC

Candidate debate slide

ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams said during a debate Tuesday with his Democratic opponent, state Rep. Matt Lundy, that divided government is good. “One-party control for Lorain County is bad,” said Williams, the lone Republican commissioner. Lundy, who would join fellow Democrats Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski if elected in November, said he Read More…

Ohio GOP launches attack against state rep hopeful Brendan Mackin

A portion of a mailer produced 
by the Ohio Republican Party attacking Brendan Mackin, a Democrat  running for state representative. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — The Ohio Republican Party launched a blistering attack on Democratic state representative hopeful Brendan Mackin this week in a mailer that accuses him of being “a ‘disaster’ in the courtroom.” The mailer, which has already appeared in Lorain County mailboxes, draws from Mackin’s final performance evaluation after his December 2010 resignation from county Read More…

Economy key as Ohio governor candidates enter final months

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, and his Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald

CINCINNATI — Looking at a wide view of Ohio’s economy, there are clear signs of economic progress during Republican John Kasich’s time as governor. Zooming into the kitchen tables of typical Ohioans brings a fuzzier picture. In the broad view, the state has added jobs and reduced unemployment, and overall state income and consumer spending Read More…

Ohio absentee ballot requests on way for voters

COLUMBUS — Ohio voters with up-to-date addresses will soon get an absentee ballot application for the November election. Residents should start receiving the applications around Labor Day, Secretary of State Jon Husted announced. Voters can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person without giving any reason. During the last presidential election, 6.9 million Read More…

Grafton puts income tax increase on November ballot

GRAFTON — The village will ask voters to approve a 0.25 percent additional income tax for five years in November. Council President David DiVencenzo said Council unanimously voted to place the five-year additional income tax on the ballot. “Income to our general fund has seen a decline of support that we have traditionally received from Read More…

Elyria officials plan campaign to seek support for income tax increase

ELYRIA — The countdown to the November general election is on, and city officials have 90 days to convince Elyria residents that their newest plan to raise taxes is the right way to go. Mayor Holly Brinda said she anticipates needing a lot of community volunteers and at least $40,000 in donations before Election Day Read More…

Elyria Council OKs income tax increase on Nov. ballot

ELYRIA — With little discussion, Council on Monday approved three resolutions and one ordinance in quick succession to place a 0.25 percent income tax increase before voters, touting the issue as necessary to infuse more than $3.5 million into the city’s struggling coffers. The city has until 4 p.m. Wednesday to place issues on the November Read More…