(Cleveland) -- It’s Election Day, and even though there are no state or national contests, there are still some interesting races to watch today, including that for the mayor of northeast Ohio’s largest city.
Frank Jackson is running for his third four-year term as mayor of Cleveland. His challenger is businessman Ken Lanci. The big question for voters in Cleveland is whether the city is better off than it was before Jackson became mayor, or whether it’s worse off. Jackson basically saying that he has kept city services and taxes stable, while Lanci says city hall is far too much in the hands of downtown business interests and doesn’t help the neighborhoods enough.
Beachwood has a mayoral battle in which the mayor is being accused of abusing city perks. In North Olmsted, the current and former mayor are up against each other, with a legal battle brewing as to whether the former mayor can refer to himself as “mayor” on campaign signs. In Bedford, an 18-year-old college student is one of the candidates. And, in Brook Park, Tom Coyne wants to return to the job he held for 20 years. Shortly after Coyne retired, he wound up drunk and half-naked along a street in North Olmsted.
Voters across Cuyahoga County are deciding the fate of tax issues for the Port of Cleveland and the Cleveland Metroparks, as well as a health and human services levy. In Lorain County, all voters will make a decision on a tax levy for Lorain County Community College, as well as an increase in the county’s sales tax rate. Lake County voters will choose on a children’s services levy as well as keeping a sales tax to support their transit service. In Geauga County, they have two health-related tax issues on the ballot.
Some communities have judicial and clerk of court races on the ballot. There are no statewide issues on today’s ballot, and since it’s not an even-numbered election year, no races for state legislature or congress. The next presidential election won’t be until 2016.
You can hear election results tonight in our top and bottom of the hour news on WTAM 1100, and talk about them on the Bob Frantz show. We’ll also have links to every local result, on demand, here at wtam.com.
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