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Incumbents returned to Elyria council

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    Kathryn Karpus, F.O.P.A. President, writes out vote numbers as Tom Callahan, councilman (D-at large), and Mark Jessie, councilman (D-3rd Ward), view who each candidate is staking up in the polls during a watch party hosted at Smitty's on Tuesday night, Nov. 7.



ELYRIA — Old will be new again in the make-up of Elyria City Council.

Contested races Tuesday for at-large seats and seats representing Ward 3, Ward 4, Ward 5 and Ward 7 saw the incumbents defeat their challengers.

Here is a breakdown of every race with unofficial election results from the Lorain County Board of Elections:

  • At large: There were four Democrats, including three incumbents, seeking to claim the four City Council at-large slots. Alan Pugh was the only newcomer in the field, and Jack Baird was the only Republican candidate.
    The top four in order of finish were Baird with 3,892 votes, or 22 percent; Michael J. Lotko with 3,773 votes, or 21 percent; Tom Callahan with 3,699 votes, or 21 percent, and Vic Stewart with 3,613 votes, or 20 percent. Pugh finished last with 2,836 votes or 16 percent.
  • Ward 1: Larry Tanner ran unopposed.
  • Ward 2: Brenda Davis ran unopposed.
  • Ward 3: Republican challenger Gerald R. Roig went up against incumbent Democrat Mark Jessie to represent the 3rd Ward. Jessie collected 974 votes, or 63 percent, to Roig’s 562 votes, or 37 percent.
  • Ward 4: Independent incumbent Mark Craig faced off against Democrat challenger Ray Noble to represent Elyria’s Ward 4. Craig received 1,090 votes, or 70 percent, to Noble’s 457 votes, or 30 percent.
  • Ward 5: A write-in candidate, Leigh Ann Arroyo, went up against incumbent Democrat Marcus Madison to represent Elyria’s Ward 5. Madison won with 440 votes, or 95 percent, to Arroyo’s 14 votes, or 5 percent.
  • Ward 6: Donna Mitchell ran unopposed.
  • Ward 7: Republican challenger Scott McDonald went up against incumbent Democrat Jack Cerra to represent the 7th Ward. Cerra defeated McDonald with 675 votes, or 60 percent, to McDonald’s 436 votes, or 40 percent.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

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