SHEFFIELD TWP. — Judge Lisa Swenski did well with voters in traditionally Republican-leaning areas while her opponents took the usually more Democratic voting areas in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
The Republican-leaning areas were more than enough to get Swenski re-elected as Domestic Relations judge for a second term.
Swenski won the election with 6,552 votes, or 32 percent, to defeat Magistrate Charlita Anderson White (5,572 votes), defense attorney Jack Bradley (5,402 votes) and defense attorney Michael Duff (2,947), according to the unofficial election results from the Lorain County Board of Elections.
Some of the biggest support for Swenski came from communities along the state Route 83 corridor — Avon Lake, Avon and North Ridgeville — which have typically leaned Republican in previous elections. Swenski received 818 votes in North Ridgeville, which was 45 percent of the vote in the city, 592 in Avon Lake (42 percent of the vote) and 504 in Avon (43 percent).
Swenski also finished first in most of the county’s townships and villages, which also usually lean conservative.
In the more Democratic-leaning areas, such as bigger cities like Elyria and Lorain, along with Oberlin, Bradley and Anderson White drew more votes than the incumbent.
Bradley drew 1,582 votes, or 33 percent of Lorain’s vote. Anderson White received 37 percent of the vote in Elyria (1,232 votes) and 60 percent in Oberlin (885 votes), which is where she resides. Anderson White wasn’t surprised that she faired well in those communities.
“I think it’s because we really got out into the community. I really am active in my community, and I think that helped,” she said. “You never really know who knows you, and you forget that this county is very big. You try to impact the communities that you can. I really do try to involve myself throughout the county.”
Anderson White felt that her campaign made up for the lack of funding it had by getting word of mouth and outreach from her supporters.
“We didn’t have a lot of money for signage,” she said. “We had mailers, so billboards, some larger signs and some of the smaller ones. I think I did well because I am very active in the community. I think there may have been a lot of word of mouth because of my engagement.”
Duff believes that he and Bradley may have taken votes away from Swenski in more urban areas because the two defense attorneys are active in those communities and many of their clients come from them.
“I think if she (Swenski) got the Republican areas, that’s the rural areas that we weren’t catering to in our practices,” he said.
Swenski and Bradley didn’t return requests for comment.
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