Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Recount shows no change in vote tally
A recount did not change the vote total for Issue 116, the bond issue for the Strongsville Schools. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections says the total vote in this county remains 11,523 to 11,414. In Lorain County, the issue was defeated 33-7. Because the margin of victory in was less than one-half of 1 percent, there was an automatic recount in Cuyahoga County. The issue will generate about $81 million to build a new middle school, make technology and other upgrades at Strongsville High School and repairs at the elementary schools.
Says state is in better shape now than 2 years ago
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
To the Editor: I am humbled by the confidence the residents of the 7th Ohio House District have shown in offering me the opportunity to continue serving in the Ohio House of Representatives. In 2010, I ran for state representative to Get Ohio Working – with the dual goals of getting Ohioans back to work and getting state government to work once again for the people of Ohio. Today, we have balanced Ohio’s budget, lowered income taxes, eliminated the job-killing estate tax, and taken our rainy day fund from 89 cents to over $500 million. In less than two years, Ohio’s unemployment rate has dropped from 9.8 percent to 6.9 percent and we’ve created 123,000 net new jobs, catapulting from 48th in the nation for job creation to 4th – and #1 in…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Board of Elections to re-tally votes for Issue 116, 7th House District
The recounts for Issue 116 and the Ohio House of Representatives District 7 race are both set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. As of now, the bond issue for the Strongsville schools has passed by 83 votes. Incumbent State Rep. Mike Dovilla has held off a challenge from Democrat Matt Patten by 119 votes. The numbers for the bond issue include the 40 ballots cast by the one precinct in Columbia Station that is in the Strongsville School District, according to the Lorain County Board of Elections. There, 33 people voted against the issue and 7 favored it. The fate of Issue 116 and the Dovilla-Patten race was uncertain until Tuesday, Nov. 27, when the Board of Elections released final figures…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Republican incumbent retains 7th District seat, final election figures show
State Rep. Mike Dovilla's lead got slimmer, but the incumbent 7th District representative has held onto his post, according to official results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The results, released Tuesday evening, show Dovilla bested Democratic challenger Matt Patten by 119 votes. Dovilla ended Election Night 340 votes ahead. The Board of Elections Tuesday certified results from the Nov. 6 general election, including late-arriving absentee ballots and up to 1,930 provisional votes cast in the 7th House District. Dovilla told Strongsville Patch after the Nov. 6 election he was "cautiously optimistic" he would retain the lead after the provisional votes were counted. "We think it will break our way," Dovilla said. Because the…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Margin is close enough for a recount on Issue 116
Issue 116, the bond issue for the Strongsville schools, has passed by 83 votes, according to final numbers released by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections show. Official results from the elections board, released Tuesday afternoon, show the issue won 11,530 to 11,447. "We're happy -- we continue to move in a positive direction," Superintendent John Krupinski said. "I'd like to thank the community for their trust in us." The margin is within one-half of 1 percent, which means there will be a recount. The fate of the issue, which was ahead by 3 votes at the end of Election Day, has been up in the air until late absentee and up to 698 provisional ballots could be counted. "I think this is something everyone's going to embrace," said …
Board of Elections expected to certify final vote tally
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is scheduled to meet this afternoon to certify the results of the Nov. 6 general election -- which means the fate of the too-close-to-call bond issue for the Strongsville schools will finally be known. Issue 116 is ahead by 3 votes, but the final tally will include previously uncounted absentee votes and up to 698 provisional ballots. The final tally could also impact the race for 7th District House of Representatives. Incumbent Mike Dovilla goes into the day ahead by 340 votes, but there were 1,930 provisional ballots cast in that race, meaning Democratic challenger Matt Patten could come out ahead. Dennis Anderson, community outreach manager for the Board of Elections, said the results will be …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Board of Elections won't count provisional ballots until next week
There has been speculation all week that the fate of the Strongsville School District's bond issue would be known today, but that is not the case, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The $81 million bond issue is clinging to a 3-vote lead following the Nov. 6 general election, which means the 51 absentee ballots that came in after Election Day and the 698 provisional ballots cast in Strongsville will determine whether it passes or fails. The Board of Elections has 10 days to review provisional ballots -- votes cast at the polls but set aside because of questions about the voters' eligibility -- and reject those that do not qualify. That led local officials to speculate that they would be counted on Nov. 16. …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Issue 116 won in 19 precincts, lost in 16 and tied in 1
Voters in Strongsville's Ward 4 gave the heartiest endorsement to Issue 116, the bond issue for the Strongsville schools, while Ward 3 gave it the least support. Unofficial figures from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections show the issue passed with 53 percent of the vote in Ward 4 and with 51 percent in Ward 2. In Ward 3, about 47.8 percent voted yes, and in Ward 1, 48.4 percent did. While the measure appeared after Election Day to have won by 3 votes, the outcome won't be known until the rest of the absentee votes and some 698 provisional ballots are counted. Those results are expected Friday, Nov. 16. In raw numbers, precinct breakdowns show that: • In Ward 1, the issue went down by 165 votes, 2,465 to 2,630. Five precincts voted …
Cuyahoga County will recycle yard signs this week.
Looking for a place to drop those election signs you've collected this fall? The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is taking signs to recycle today through Nov. 16 at their Garfield Heights location. Drop off your plastic and cardboard signs with their metal stands between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 4750 East 131 St., Garfield Heights. For more information, visit www.cuyahogaswd.org or call (216) 443-3749.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Here's what happened in Strongsville over the last few days
The top Strongsville stories from the last week: School bond issue -- The fate of Issue 116 won't be known until provisional ballots are counted. As of now, the issue appears to have passed by a very small margin. New store -- The convenience store inside the BP station at Howe and Royalton roads has become a 7-Eleven. Other election news -- Two city levies and a rezoning were approved at the polls on Tuesday, and two incumbents held their seats, although the margin for one is slim enough to be affected by provisional votes. Season ends for girls soccer team -- The Strongsville High School Lady Mustangs were defeated in state semi-finals. Albion Road to reopen -- A tentative date has been set for repairs to wrap up.