September 23, 2014

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Lori Kokoski advances in county commissioner race

ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski beat out two opponents to win her Democratic primary on Tuesday. Kokoski, who is in her second term, will face off against Columbia Township Trustee Mike Musto in the fall. Musto was unopposed in his bid for the Republican nomination. Although Kokoski won the race, she didn’t get Read More…

Ted Kalo wins Democratic primary for county commissioner

ELYRIA — Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo defeated challenger Berry Taylor in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. Kalo, who is seeking his third four-year term, will now face off against Republican Phil Van Treuren, an Amherst City Councilman who was unopposed in the primary for his party’s nomination, in November. According to unofficial returns from Read More…

Frank Janik wins Domestic Relations judge primary

Frank Janik handily won Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the party’s standard bearer in November in the race to replace retiring Domestic Relations Judge David Basinski. Janik totaled 8,297 votes or approximately 41 percent of votes cast among the five candidates vying for the post in what was a contentious race marked by judicial reviews of Read More…

Extremely low voter turnout reported

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout in Lorain County for Tuesday’s primary election was far lower than it was four years ago, the last time there was a presidential nominating contest on the ballot. County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams said 54,795 voters cast a ballot Tuesday. They accounted 26.6 percent of the county’s 206,202 Read More…

Lisa Swenski unseats Judge David Berta

ELYRIA — Six years ago, Lorain County Domestic Relations Judge David Berta unseated a sitting judge in an upset. On Tuesday, he was the one on the losing end. Berta, 42, lost his seat on the bench Tuesday to domestic relations attorney Lisa Swenski, who said she was never deterred in her bid for the Read More…

Mitt Romney pads lead with at least 5 wins, including Ohio

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WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney padded his lead in the race for delegates Tuesday by winning Republican presidential contests in at least five states. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum added delegates by winning contests in at least three states, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won the primary in Georgia, the state he Read More…

Marcy Kaptur defeats Dennis Kucinich for 9th District bid

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COLUMBUS — Veteran Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur defeated longtime Washington colleague Dennis Kucinich Tuesday in a bruising Ohio showdown made necessary by a newly drawn congressional map. She will face the winner of the Republican primary — Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher, who became known as “Joe the Plumber” during the 2008 presidential campaign — in November. Read More…

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‘Joe the Plumber’ wins 9th District House primary

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COLUMBUS — An Ohio plumber thrust into national politics during the 2008 presidential campaign has won the Republican nomination in his home state as he makes a bid for Congress. Samuel Wurzelbacher gained the nickname “Joe the Plumber” for expressing working-class concerns about taxes to then-candidate Barack Obama during a stop to the region. The Read More…

Voters turn down JVS levy a second time in four months

PITTSFIELD TWP. — The mood was somber Tuesday night at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School after voters decided for the second time in four months that they did not want to increase their taxes to operate the school. The JVS had sought a renewal of 0.75-mill levy, plus tacked an increase of 0.5 mills Read More…