Dems win locally
The look of the next generation of political representatives was not the only issue voted for on Nov. 2. A variety of local and statewide initiatives and several amendments to the Oberlin city charter were also put to “the will of the people.”
Oberlin Issues 59 and 60 included a tax levy replacement and program funding over the course of 10 years for Lorain County Community College, and funding for mental health services, respectively.
According to Oberlin City Councilwoman Sharon Soucy, the tax levy passed in the city of Oberlin will allow for the continued functioning of city services and prevent Oberlin from “falling into major deficits.” This levy includes a .2 percent income tax increase for five years.
Citizens of Oberlin also voted “yes” to a series of charter amendments regarding accountability. Issue 29 passed by a margin of 89 percent to 11 percent, making the agendas of City Council meetings available to the public at least 72 hours prior to meetings, while Issue 30 limits the terms of members of City Boards and Commissions to three years, which passed by a margin of 78 percent to 22 percent.
The Oberlin City Council backed each of these measures.
In Lorain County, Democrats won every contested race.
Oberlin’s congresswoman, Marcy Kaptur, won reelection against Republican challenger Larry Kaczala.
Joseph Koizura retained his seat as state representative for the 56th house district.
Lori Kokoski and Ted Kalo defeated Republicans Eric Flynn and Rita Canfield respectively, in the races for county commisioner.
Larry Nabakowski retained his seat as clerk of court. Judith Nedwick was reelected as county recorder. Kenneth Carney will remain county engineer.
Sheriff Phil Stammitti, Treasurer Daniler Talarek and Coroner Paul Matus were
all reelected in unopposed races.