April 19, 2014

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North Ridgeville school levy defeated third time in a row

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — More than 10,600 people cast ballots in Tuesday’s defeat of a 4.9-mill, 10-year emergency operating levy for the city schools. While the total number of voters was the largest in recent memory for a school issue, it still ended in the third consecutive defeat of the district’s efforts to seek financial relief. Read More…

Oberlin easily passes two school levies

OBERLIN — Busing for Oberlin High School students who live outside city limits will be restored after voters overwhelmingly approved an additional 4.88-mill levy and renewal of a 2-mill permanent improvements levy Tuesday, said Superintendent John Schroth. “Everybody here is ecstatic,” Schroth said as the final figures rolled in. “We’ll be looking at getting high Read More…

Write-in candidate defeats incumbent in Rochester

ROCHESTER — Mayoral write-in candidate Kathryn Frombaugh collected 60 percent of the vote and defeated incumbent William Spicer, according to unofficial election results. Frombaugh collected 42 write-in votes as compared to 28 for Spicer, whose name was on the ballot. Frombaugh, 32, said she went door-to-door to campaign as a write-in candidate. She cites her Read More…

Voters narrowly reject Avon school levy

AVON — The city continues to experience population growth as new homes are being built, but the resulting overcrowding in schools won’t be eased anytime soon. Voters narrowly rejected a 2.25-mill, 32-year bond issue Tuesday that would have generated $32 million to build a new middle school housing sixth through eighth grades to ease crowded Read More…

Vermilion Schools levy fails; building projects will go on hold

Plans are on hold for renovation and construction of buildings for Vermilion Schools with the failure of a bond issue that would have raised $33 million. The bond issue failed with 64 percent voting no in Lorain County, and 63 percent voting no in Erie County, according to preliminary results Tuesday from the elections boards. Read More…

South Amherst mayor race too close to call

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SOUTH AMHERST — Unofficial results indicate that South Amherst Village elected challenger Barbara Becker by a margin of nine votes in the nonpartisan race for mayor last night. Less than one percent of the electorate chose Becker over incumbent Ronald Schmitz, mayor of South Amherst since 2004. Becker was hesitant to celebrate too early. “I’m Read More…

Lorain County JVS levy fails

OBERLIN — The time was not ripe Tuesday for voters to approve additional property tax money for the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. Issue 15, which would have replaced the school’s current 0.75-mill levy with a larger 1.75-mill levy, was defeated by a vote of 42,779 against and 33,770 for or 55.88 percent to 44.12 Read More…

Dennis Bring elected Sheffield Lake mayor

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Dennis Bring has been elected mayor of Sheffield Lake, by a vote of 72.82 percent, according to preliminary results Tuesday from the Lorain County Board of Elections, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Bring received 2,015 votes and Gary Mingee received 752 votes. Bring said Tuesday he plans to sit down and go over the Read More…

Voters defeat measure to raise judges’ age limit

COLUMBUS — Voters in Ohio have decided against raising the age limit for judges from 70 to 75. They upheld a 1973 law that capped judicial age at 70, under the philosophy that age can affect judgment and therefore older judges should be forced to retire. Defeat potentially affects 10 percent of sitting judges over Read More…

Akron mayor wins bid for a seventh term

AKRON — The Democrat who has led one of northeast Ohio’s largest cities since 1987 has won his bid for a seventh term. Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic defeated Republican attorney Jennifer Hensal on Tuesday. Plusquellic is Akron’s longest-serving mayor. He survived a recall vote two years ago. Critics who led the recall effort called him Read More…