May 30, 2015

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Turnout declines each time Brinda, Grace face off

ELYRIA — When Mayor Holly Brinda and former Mayor Bill Grace are on the ballot and facing off against each other, fewer and fewer voters come to the polls with each subsequent election, according to reports from the Lorain County Board of Elections. There are 33,841 registered voters in Elyria spread across 31 precincts but Read More…

British voters flock to polls in parliamentary elections

LONDON — Voters were choosing a new parliament for the United Kingdom on Thursday in an election that is expected to produce an ambiguous result, a period of frantic political horse-trading and a bout of national soul-searching. Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and Ed Miliband’s Labour Party are running neck and neck, and neither looks Read More…

Arredondo wins primary, faces independent in Lorain council president election

LORAIN — Democratic City Council President Joel Arredondo will face independent candidate Harry Williamson in November to hold onto his Council seat. Arredondo defeated Terrance Bivins 1,747 to 1,035, or roughly 63 percent to 37 percent, according to unofficial election results. In an election in which four incumbent Council members were defeated, Arredondo easily prevailed. Read More…

Madison routs Krischer in Elyria council primary

ELYRIA — Residents of the south side have voted to keep their 27-year-old Councilman for another term. Democratic Councilman Marcus Madison, who has represented the 5th Ward since 2010, won re-election Tuesday night with an overwhelming majority — albeit with such low voter turnout just 255 voters decided the race. According to unofficial election results, Read More…

Columbia school levies have split results

COLUMBIA TWP. — Columbia Schools attempted to pass two renewal issues Tuesday night, but voters approved only one. Issue 11, a 2-mill permanent improvement levy, passed with 565 votes, or 51 percent, for the tax levy to 538 votes, or 49 percent, against the tax levy, according to unofficial election results. However, those 1,103 votes Read More…

All three North Ridgeville levies pass

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — During a conversation early on Election Day, Fire Chief John Reese expressed uncertainty over the fate of a 1.9-mill, five-year fire levy renewal on the ballot. Given the predictions of extremely low voter turnout, Reese said he was bracing himself for the worst. His worry turned out to be for naught: Voters Read More…

Commerce expert: Lorain County must prepare for 2016 GOP convention

When the Republican National Convention arrives in Cleveland in July 2016, Lorain County must be ready for thousands of visitors. During a meeting Tuesday at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Center, Mike Mulhall, vice president of Partnerships Destination Cleveland, said Cleveland can expect to see about $200 million in direct spending as a result of Read More…

Brinda holds off Grace in Elyria mayoral primary

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda celebrates her win as she hugs her mother, Gloria Currier, at Smitty’s Place, where she gathered with her supporters to watch election results. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It could have been the story of an underdog winning, of a former mayor igniting a spark in his supporters that sets a blazing course toward re-election. But on Tuesday, voters once again told Bill Grace something he also heard four years ago: His tenure as mayor is over. Grace, 51, tried to Read More…

Firelands school renewal OK’d

HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands Schools can continue normal daily operations and even start looking at a potential future construction project after Issue 13, its renewal levy, passed Tuesday night. The 5.08-mill levy, which was originally passed in 2011, succeeded Tuesday by a margin of 337 to 203 votes, or 62 percent to 38 percent, according Read More…

Passage of levy averts deep cuts at Sheffield-Sheffield Lake schools

From left, Tim Pelcic, business manager for Sheffield/Sheffield Lake Schools; Brookside principal Angela Terella; Josh Hill, rear, district treasurer; district Superintendent Mike Cook; and Cade Cook, front, watch Tuesday night as results are posted. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD — Cautious optimism and unspoken anxiety quickly erupted into shouts of triumph at the Board of Education office Tuesday when election results came in: Issue 15 was approved by voters. Approval of the school district’s levy request means a second round of cuts that would have eliminated all sports, band and extracurricular activities has Read More…