SHEFFIELD TWP. — Lorain County went blue for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray on Tuesday, though not enough to help him defeat Republican Mike DeWine.
Meanwhile, Lorain County’s villages and townships were instrumental in sending two countywide levies to defeat, precinct-by-precinct elections results show. Both additional levies proved unpopular in the rural and suburban areas of the county.
Issue 8, the 0.75-mill additional levy for the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, lost by a final but unofficial vote tally of 50,047 to 44,025.
Issue 14, the 0.30-mill levy supporting Recovery One rehabilitation and detox center for addiction services, to be housed in the former Golden Acres nursing home in Amherst Township, failed with 56,918 votes against it and 52,159 in support, according to final but unofficial election results.
Cordray received 57,039 votes in Lorain County to DeWine’s 51,037. Green and Libertarian candidates received a total of 3,313 votes between them.
Cordray won the city of Lorain by a 2-to-1 ratio, 11,541 to 5,080; the city of Elyria 9,025 to 6,019; Oberlin 3,603 to 349; and by a slim margin in Amherst (2,784 to 2,629) and Sheffield Lake (1,565 to 1,337).
DeWine emerged victorious in the cities of Avon, Avon Lake, North Ridgeville and Vermilion, with the largest margin of votes in Avon Lake (6,241 to 5,269) and the smallest in Vermilion (1,185 to 1,048).
Except for New Russia and Sheffield townships, both of which went for Cordray, Lorain County’s villages and townships went for DeWine by a total of 15,688 votes for the Republican to 11,430 for the Democrat.
Only three Lorain County municipalities approved the additional levy for the Lorain County JVS. It garnered more yea than nay votes in Amherst (2,828 to 2,636), Avon (5,338 to 4,547) and Oberlin (2,813 to 982) but was defeated in every other Lorain County municipality that voted on it.
Eligible Erie County voters added 681 votes against and 439 for the issue to the final tally, according to final but unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections.
The levy would have generated $4.6 million annually, costing a homeowner of a $100,000 house about $26 per year.
JVS Superintendent Glenn Faircloth said Wednesday he was disappointed the levy’s failure.
“As superintendent that falls on me and that’s my job and I can’t blame anybody,” he said. “I’m the superintendent, I’m tasked with getting it done and I didn’t get it done and I have to internalize that.”
He thanked the community for supporting the school and said he plans to work with the JVS board to digest the results and strategize their next decision.
“If the community is saying, ‘Hey we aren’t supporting this,’ then I have to find out why and try to convince them to,” he said.
JVS board member Ayers Ratliff, a vocal opponent of the levy, declined to comment Wednesday.
Voters in Elyria, Lorain, North Ridgeville, Sheffield Lake and Vermilion all sent the JVS levy to defeat, while it was decidedly more unpopular in villages and townships. Voters in the smaller communities cast 16,744 votes against the levy, and 9,820 votes for it.
Voters in Carlisle and Eaton townships both voted the issue down by near 2-to-1 ratios, and the margins of defeat were even greater in LaGrange, Penfield, Pittsfield and Rochester townships and Rochester village.
The 0.30-mill Lorain County health and human services levy supporting the Recovery One addiction rehabilitation and detox center failed 56,918 to 52,159, according to final but unofficial election results.
The cities of Avon, Avon Lake and Oberlin all went easily for the measure, but the remaining cities in Lorain County disapproved. The issue failed by 44 votes in Elyria (7,639 to 7,595) and by more than 800 votes in Lorain.
Village and township voters voted against the levy 17,202 to 10,679. Carlisle, Columbia, Eaton and LaGrange township voters led the charge against Issue 14.
Lorain County Commissioner Matt Lundy, whose board threw its support behind the issue in partnership with multiple private and public mental health and recovery agencies, said Tuesday night and again Wednesday that commissioners still will go ahead with Recovery One in some form.
The complete post-election canvass report is available at www.loraincountyelections.com.
Reporter Bruce Walton contributed to this story.
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