July 29, 2014

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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…

LCCC levy passes by narrow margin, requires recount

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ELYRIA – Lorain County Community College’s levy narrowly passed Tuesday, although the 72-vote margin of victory falls within the range of an automatic recount. According to unofficial election returns from the county Board of Elections, 28,497 votes, or 50.1 percent, were cast in favor of the levy, while 28,425 votes, or 49.9 percent, went against Read More…

Independents win seats on Lorain City Council

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LORAIN — Election Day was also Independent’s Day for two City Council candidates who will join the all-Democratic Council Jan. 1. Independent Gregory Argenti narrowly defeated Democrat Dave Burgess 577 to 551, a less than 2 percentage point margin, for the 4th Ward seat, according to unofficial election results. Current Councilman Bret Schuster took office Read More…

North Ridgeville Council at-large representatives remain same after tight race

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE – The look of City Council’s at-large representatives will remain the same for another four years following a tight race that saw the trio of incumbent Republicans retain their posts. Council President Kevin Corcoran led the vote tally followed by fellow GOP at-large council members Bernadine Butkowski and Roseanne Johnson, according to unofficial Read More…

Columbia voters pass schools’ ‘do-or-die’ operating levy

Adrienne Heidecker, left, and Jennifer Davies, right, react after finding out voters passed the Columbia Schools levy with 51 percent of the vote Tuesday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA – Superintendent Graig Bansek had his cell phone in his hand nearly the entire night Tuesday. He used it to continuously update the Lorain County Board of Election’s website on the phone’s small screen, hoping that each time he hit refresh a new update would greet him. Then, it came – the numbers he Read More…

Elyria 3rd Ward Councilman unseated by first-time candidate

Mark Jessie talks about his campaign and his valuable experience gathered during the door-to-door portion of his campaign. Jessie won a seat on Council, unseating Garry Gibbs. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — From his hospital bed Tuesday, where he is recovering from a heart attack, Councilman Jack Baird filled out an absentee ballot. “He is recovering, but was alert enough to vote,” said Councilman Garry Gibbs, R-3rd Ward. If he was concerned that he might need every vote, Baird, 65, needn’t have worried. The Republican Read More…

North Ridgeville voters pass bond issue for new middle school

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville voters decided Tuesday to remake the face of North Ridgeville Schools by approving a $58.1 million bond issue for a new middle school and football stadium. Superintendent Jim Powell was still digesting the victory just after the final voters were counted. “I’m having a hard time believing, but I’m very Read More…

Lorain County voters reject sales tax hike

ELYRIA — For the fourth time since 2007, Lorain County voters have shot down a sales tax hike. The county commissioners had hoped this time would be different, offering to roll back 1.4 mills of inside millage, essentially an unvoted property tax, if voters approved raising the sales tax by 0.5 percent for the next Read More…