April 21, 2015


Trick-or-treat for political campaign materials


SHEFFIELD LAKE — Candy wasn’t the only thing handed out during trick-or-treating to children making the rounds Thursday night. Some also received campaign materials. Rosa and Joe Gee handed out a goodie bag that included items backing the election efforts of state Rep. Matt Lundy, the Elyria Democrat running for Lorain County commissioner, 9th District Read More…

Split county endorsements put union leader in odd spot

Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, left, and state Rep. Matt Lundy

ELYRIA — Harry Williamson Jr. is in an awkward spot. His union, Communication Workers of America Local 4370, has endorsed Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams for re-election. Williamson is also personally backing Williams. But as president of the county’s AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, he’s obligated to support that organization’s endorsed candidate, Williams’ challenger, state Rep. Read More…

Keystone Schools asks voters for 5.95-mill operating levy

Cindy Mihalo works on counting with kindergarten students Mckaelyn Ortiz, left, Riley Knapp and John Faltay at Keystone Elementary School on Oct. 16.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Columbia Schools Superintendent Graig Bansek had to answer the question this time last year when his district faced its own “do or die” levy that put student programs on the chopping block. For Midview Superintendent Scott Goggin, it was a special election in February 2013 that saw his district surviving intact based on Read More…

Race for Lorain County Commissioner shapes up to be closest yet

Judge Julie Schafer, left, Judge Eve Belfance, candidates for 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Matt Lundy and Tom Willliams, candidates for Lorain County commissioner, appear at the Oberlin Community Candidates Night in Oberlin on Oct. 14.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — State Rep. Matt Lundy’s bid to unseat Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams is widely considered the tightest contest in the county. Neither Lundy, D-Elyria, nor Williams, an Amherst Republican, expects an overwhelming victory. “Is it going to be a close race? I think so,” Williams said. “I feel more confident about it now Read More…

Rep. Matt Lundy leads in campaign spending for commissioner race

Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, left, and state Rep. Matt Lundy

ELYRIA — State Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, is outspending Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams in his effort to unseat the Amherst Republican, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday. Lundy, who has spent $23,100 so far on the general election, also has more money in the bank than Williams, who has spent $18,690 on his Read More…

North Ridgeville stumps for two tax levies

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NORTH RIDGEVILE — More than 50 people turned out Wednesday night to hear city officials stump for two tax issues on the November ballot that they said will move the city forward by helping pay for widening major roads and paying for a new fire station and infrastructure upgrades to ease the community’s flooding woes. Read More…

Ed FitzGerald makes campaign stop in Lorain


LORAIN — Tables were ready for a crowd of 250 but only a handful of people Sunday afternoon were present when gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald stopped in Lorain. FitzGerald traveled across Ohio last week on his “Kitchen Table” tour, geared at meeting with Ohioans to discuss the issues that most affect them. One of the Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools officials emphasize facts of levy failure

Ben Miesel, middle school band director, teaches seventh-grade band at Sheffield Middle School on Thursday.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Officials from the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake school district haven’t spelled out exactly what will happen to the district if a critical levy on the November ballot fails. They say they fear such talk would be viewed as an attempt at scaring voters into saying yes to Issue 4. But in truth, things will change, and things Read More…

U.S. representative candidates debate health care, spending

About 150 people attended the Oberlin Community Candidates Night on Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, a tea party Republican, is optimistic about increasing support in liberal Oberlin this November. “I got four votes in Oberlin the last election,” Jordan told about 150 people at the Oberlin Community Candidates Night Tuesday. “I’m hoping I get five this time.” Jordan got laughs, but the mood Read More…

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…