Strongsville Election Results 2012: UPDATED

Incumbents re-elected; school bond issue is ahead



It appears the Strongsville schools bond issue has passed by a 28-vote margin.

With 36 of 36 precincts counted on Election Day, Issue 116 appeared to have lost. However, new votes were added to the tally overnight, putting the issue ahead 11,222 to 11,194.

Results aren't final until there is a recount and provisional ballots are counted.

In the race for 7th District House of Representatives, incumbent Mike Dovilla beat Democratic challenger Matt Patten by a 340-vote margin, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Incumbent Republican Tom Patton handily won re-election to his 24th District State Senate seat.

The vote totals will change when provisional ballots come in. 

Here are the results as of 1:10 a.m.:

Issue 116:

Bond issue for the Strongsville School District.

With 36 of 36 precincts counted



Against  11,194

Issue 94:

A renewal of a 1.5-mill levy for firefighter salaries.

With 36 of 36 precincts reporting

For    13,098           Against    9,229

Issue 95:

A 0.4-mill replacement issue for sewer projects.

With 36 of 36 precincts counted

For       13,219           Against  8,687

Issue 96:

A charter amendment changing the filing deadline for Strongsville candidates.

With 36 of 36 precincts counted

For  15,349          Against  4,474          

Issue 97:

A rezoning that would allow Kemper House to expand its Alzheimer's care facility on Prospect Road.

With 36 of 36 precincts reporting

For       15,796       Against  4,478

Issue 108:

A .67-mill replacement levy for the Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

With 1,072 of 1,077 precincts counted

For      214,522      Against  281,190

Issue 117:

Proposed county charter amendment requiring Cuyahoga County Council to prepare two-year budgets.

With 1,072 of 1,077 precincts counted

For     282,855      Against  145,001

Issue 118:

Proposed county charter amendment that would stagger the terms of the county executive and the director of internal auditing.

For  290,966            Against  135,334

State Representative District 7:

With 95 of 95 precincts counted

Mike Dovilla  26,570           Matt Patten 26,230

Ohio Senate District 24:

With 295 of 295 precincts counted

Jennifer Brady  68,856          Thomas Patton 99,754

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor:

With 1,072 of 1,077 precincts counted

Timothy McGinty  361,834         Ed Wade 93,599
Against Levy November 07, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Maybe you should consider moving out of Strongsville Cassandra, if this seems to be such a problem for you. If you really do make 20K a year, then you must not own your own property and won't be held responsible for the tax increases. It's not just pennies out of our pockets. It's a bill we'll be responsible for the next 30 years.
lyn November 07, 2012 at 02:14 PM
And this is only Phase 1 - Phase 2 is just around the corner.
cassandra November 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
You're absolutely right, I shouldn't be able to choose where I live. And, there weren't a bunch of really cheap houses over the summer, they were posted on here actually. Just because someone doesn't make a lot of money, doesn't mean they can't save a good down payment for a house. It didn't even pass, so you're not responsible for anything for the next 30 years.
Bruce W. Lockhart November 07, 2012 at 02:17 PM
To simply hand a fiscally irresponsible board $46,500,000 to build a middle school without a clear set of plans and all the while supressing the fact that there was a $5,000,000 performing arts center is lunacy. Does Strongsville need a new Middle School. Absolutely!!!! Provide a plan that makes sense instead of the typical money grab and the voters will approve it.
lyn November 07, 2012 at 02:18 PM
And the school board will not update us on the teachers contract negotiations. Again, we DO KNOW operating expenses and this levy are 2 different issues. But, what impact could the talks have on the taxpayers also? Could that be 3 issues they will be asking us to fund?
lyn November 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Shouldn't the arts center be more city funded?
lyn November 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I never understood how they came up with a dollar figure but didn't even know at the time where it was going to be built. Each location would have its own costs involved.
Brian November 07, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Wait, does anyone actually know if the bond passed or not? You guys are talking like it had been defeated but when I was driving in this morning I heard on the radio that it had passed and when I checked the cuyahoga county board of elections site it says it passed (11,222 for and 11,194 against). Can one of the Patch editors clarify here? It looks like their results might not be up to date.
Debbie Palmer November 07, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Brian, you're right. As of this morning, updated numbers show the bond issue is leading. I'd hesitate to say it passed because of the narrow margin. As of about 1:30 a.m., the final, unofficial count showed it was down. Nothing's official yet, though. We'll have updates as they come in.
EA November 07, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Union Power - Go Unions!
MINNA November 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Max November 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
No offense but there's no way you're a homeowner in Strongsville making $20k/year. My property taxes are $4200/year... you'd be paying 20% of your salary in taxes alone. This isn't meant to be an insult, but by that same standard please don't insult our intelligence by claiming to be a homeowner on that salary.
Max November 07, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I moved here from Berea last October, got my address changed in time for this election... glad I did! It looks like, for once, my vote will *actually* count!
Max November 07, 2012 at 04:34 PM
cassandra November 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Max, you must know everything. How much everyone's taxes are, how much they paid for their homes etc...Like I said earlier, there were a bunch of really cheap houses in Strongsville, like 55k, 60k, can you guess what a mortgage on a house of that price range is? They are silly cheap and in a great city, but people default.
sarah November 07, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Max, also a a homeowner. Beautful house, over 1 acre of land. Cost over $150,000. Low fixed interest rate. Same income. So, yes, it's possible.
lyn November 07, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Under $20,000 with 2 kids -you go girl! You done good!!
sarah November 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Max, also a a homeowner. Beautful house, over 1 acre of land. Cost over $150,000. Low fixed interest rate. Same income. So, yes, it's possible.
sarah November 07, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Also a a homeowner. Beautful house, over 1 acre of land. Cost over $150,000. Low fixed interest rate. Same income. So, yes, it's possible. People can be smart with money.
lyn November 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I can't imagine being able to keep current no matter how frugal, though. And I am!
cassandra November 07, 2012 at 05:28 PM
It's not always easy, but what is? I don't intend to make such little much forever, I'm going to school at 30 to make things better. I got divorced and had to do what had to be done.
Watts November 07, 2012 at 06:37 PM
It has been the Republican agenda to objectify people as "others." You can see it even with the handling of Romney. When did we most hear about Romney was a Mormon? It was during the Republican primaries. Even if it was the repeated "Oh, the fact that he is a MORMON doesn't bother me;" it meant constantly making sure that his religion was at the front of every discussion, almost like a backhanded compliment; keeping it out there as a dog whistle because they knew that it struck a chord in the base. But then when the national election was between Obama and Romney, the mention of his religion was rarely ever heard about again. But what you mainly saw from Republicans were these same portrayals of Obama as some sort of "other." Actually, not even a singular "other," but objectifying him as some other religion, some other nationality, some other completely different political philosophy, etc. This is the strongest tool that the Republican party has to fight their political races and to divide the country by compartmentalizing people into these groups with varying and conflicting (and mostly fictitious) agendas. For anybody who was spewing such vile rhetoric on sites like Patch, at family picnics or at the local pub, no matter what "greater good" that you perceived and used to justify it in your head, I think that today is a day for looking in the mirror as the whole Republican party ought to be doing right now. Yesterday, this great nation rejected that way of thinking.
Carol Ritchie November 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
it's amazing how the school levy was losing and miracles happen. they found the votes they needed to win. recount and recount again. i hope it fails
sportsman November 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
lets have a recount beware people who rent and voted for the levy guess what your rent just went up
Luke November 08, 2012 at 12:44 AM
@ sarah.... Are you a real estate agent or did you just figure out how to "cut and paste"
Luke November 08, 2012 at 12:45 AM
@sarah Are you a realtor or did you just learn how to "cut and paste" we got the message the first time
sarah November 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Dear Luke, Normally I would not dignify that statement with a response. People like you are the reason I do not normally comment on message boards. Hope youre little smart@$$ comment satisifed you. Classic! Good one!
cassandra November 08, 2012 at 02:54 AM
We teach are kids not to be bullies (well the good parents do) yet that's what most people on here are doing, is tearing everyone down and bullying. Luke you did exactly what she did, posted twice, Why? To be mean? What's the point. I'm not trying to be mean, I just don't understand why people are so nasty to each other for no apparent reason.
rob November 08, 2012 at 08:36 PM
If the only people who voted against the levy were the ones who $200 will break, then the levy would have passed with flying colors. Think about it, there are very few people/families in Strongsville that are struggling to the point that $200 a year is going to keep them from eating or getting necessary medication. Those who voted against it need to quit whining about $200 breaking them. When the school system goes to crap, the value of your home will drop by much more than the $6,000 you would pay over the next “30 years”!
joey blowy November 18, 2012 at 06:16 PM
rob you must not understand that some of us know the schools just recieved over 38 million less than 6 months ago.To give people, that spend money without reguard to where it comes from, more is simply stupidity. To build buildings when the trend in teaching is to teach online is more stupidity. To take and close buildings and continue to maintain them and not sell them to pay for the needs of the system seems stupid. When will someone start using common sense practices that we in business use to run our schools, cities, states and country?


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