January 30, 2015

Mostly clear

Elyria income tax increase is safety issue

The dinning area at Smitty's in Elyria was packed with people who came out for Issue 14 on Tuesday.

ELYRIA — The race to pass an income tax increase in Elyria got off to a slow start with a swift blow delivered early in the campaign season. The first visible acknowledgement of Issue 14’s place on the November ballot came earlier this month in the form of an opposition campaign aimed at squashing Mayor Read More…

Candidates debate wide range of issues

From left, State Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville; Matt Lark, a Democratic candidate for state representative in the 57th District; Robert Sherwin, a Libertarian candidate for the 57th District; Richard May, a Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District; Kathleen McGervey, a candidate for the state Board of Education; U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, a candidate for the 9th Congressional District; state Rep. Terry Boose, R-Norwalk, a candidate for the 57th District; Marcus Madison, an Elyria councilman and Democratic candidate for the State Senate in the 13th District; Brendan Mackin, a Democratic candidate for state representative in the 56th District; Judge Eve Belfance, 9th District Court of Appeals; and state Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, a candidate for the 56th District. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Educational standards, environmental regulation, international security, taxation and worker rights all were discussed Wednesday at the semiannual Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress Candidates’ Night. In what is expected to be a close race for Lorain County commissioner, Republican Commissioner Tom Williams squared off against challenger and state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria. Williams Read More…

Early voting for General Election underway


SHEFFIELD TWP. — Under voting times set by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, the Lorain County Board of Elections offices, 1985 North Ridge Road, will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 31. The only exception is Monday, when the board’s offices will be closed for Columbus Day. Early voting will also Read More…

Early voting begins Tuesday, Oct. 7

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Today marks the first day of early voting in Ohio for the November general election. Under voting times set by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, the Lorain County Board of Elections offices, 1985 North Ridge Road, will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning today through Oct. Read More…

Tom Williams endorsed by 2 union heads in commissioner race

Tom Williams

ELYRIA — Two union leaders who serve on the Lorain County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee have endorsed county Commissioner Tom Williams, a Republican, in his re-election bid. Williams announced the endorsements of Jim Slone, who serves as president of the United Auto Workers’ Lorain County CAP Council, and Harry Williamson Jr., president of the county’s Read More…

Registration deadline for General Election is today

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — Today is the deadline to register to vote for the November election. Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams said the board office at 1985 North Ridge Road will be open 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. Early voting begins Tuesday and the board offices will be open 8 a.m. to Read More…

Ohioans to vote in 5 statewide races this fall

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters are electing candidates this fall to five statewide offices, including governor, and picking two Supreme Court judges. Republican Gov. John Kasich is running largely on Ohio’s improved economy under his watch, a bounce tied at least in part to recovery from a national recession. Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, says he would restore money Read More…

VIDEO: Lorain County Commissioner candidates engage in debate


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…