April 16, 2014

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Ohio voters reject Republican-backed union limits

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COLUMBUS — The state’s new collective bargaining law was defeated Tuesday after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the Republican establishment. In a political blow to GOP Gov. John Kasich, voters handily rejected the law, which would have limited the bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers. With nearly Read More…

Holly Brinda elected Elyria mayor

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ELYRIA — Holly Brinda’s quest to become the mayor of Elyria ended nine years after it started Tuesday as she trounced Republican challenger Ray Noble. As results started streaming in more than an hour after the polls closed, Brinda, who was flanked by a crowd of fellow Democrats at the Knights of Columbus hall on Read More…

Chase Ritenauer elected Lorain mayor in a landslide

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LORAIN — Chase Ritenauer walked to the podium Tuesday night to give his victory speech to Bruce Springteen’s “Born to Run,” but Del Shannon’s “Runaway” would’ve been more appropriate for Lorain’s next mayor. The Democratic Ritenauer won in an 11,838 to 2,766 landslide over Republican Tim Baxter with 81 percent of the votes cast going Read More…

County sales tax soundly rejected

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain County voters on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a measure to raise the county’s sales tax by 0.25 percentage points. Unofficial returns from the Lorain County Board of Elections showed that 61,567 voters, or 68 percent, voted against the sales tax hike, while 29,585 voters, or 32 percent, cast a ballot in favor Read More…

Amherst mayor wins by a wide margin

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AMHERST — Despite his sizable margin of victory, Amherst Mayor David Taylor said he “always ran scared” in his campaign for a third term against challenger Joe Gambish, the city’s 3rd Ward councilman. Taylor, 71, a Republican, credited a campaign that emphasized his accomplishments during his previous eight years in office. Gambish, 37, an independent Read More…

Teacher layoffs expected in Lorain after levy defeat

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LORAIN — Bambi Dillon wondered who was going to tell supporters of Issue 14 that the 1.5 percent earned income tax levy had been defeated. In the end, the task fell to her. “OK guys, we lost,” Dillon, head of the levy campaign committee known as Citizens for Lorain City Schools, said quietly to supporters. Read More…

Avon Lake mayoral race heads to runoff

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AVON LAKE — Voters in Avon Lake will return to the polls Dec. 6 for a runoff election between the top two finishers in Tuesday’s mayoral election — incumbent Mayor Karl “K.C.” Zuber and City Council President Greg Zilka. Neither man managed to take more than 50 percent of the vote in the three-way race Read More…

Incumbents, veterans win big in Elyria Council races

ELYRIA — After a four-year absence, Republican Jack Baird is returning to City Council to a seat he held for more than 25 years and eventually retired from in 2007. Baird, 63, figured his institutional knowledge would be needed particularly in light of the primary loss of Mayor Bill Grace. “I knew at that point Read More…

Grafton mayor ousted

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GRAFTON — Businesswoman Megan Flanigan was elected mayor of Grafton after beating long-time incumbent Shari Szczepanski, who was first elected in 1989. Flanigan beat Szczepanski by a vote of 556 to 337, or 62 percent to 38 percent, according to unofficial election returns. “I thank the voters and really want to encourage people to attend Read More…

Wellington mayor wins again, vows it’s her last election

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WELLINGTON — Incumbent Mayor Barbara A. O’Keefe was tickled with her re-election victory Tuesday over Wellington Councilman Hans M. Schneider and said this is absolutely her last election bid. “I told everybody to throw away the election signs,” joked O’Keefe, 72, who has served as mayor since 1993. “I really appreciate the voters’ support.” O’Keefe Read More…