A few pre-election polls predicted it would win, while others said it would be close.
It didn’t win, and it wasn’t close. Voters throughout Ohio said ‘no’ to State Issue 3, a proposal to legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State. The margin was 64-36 percent. Voters did approve State Issues 1 and 2.
Norwalk mayor Rob Duncan has won a second term in office.
Duncan received 57 percent of the vote in yesterday’s election, to defeat challenger Ryan McDonnell. Duncan finished with 2,463 votes, to 1,830 for McDonnell. In the race for Norwalk City Council at-large, the winners were Chris Mushett, Steve Schumm, Steve Euton and Kelly Beck. Chris Castle won the race for Norwalk’s fourth-ward council seat.
Longtime Norwalk school board member John Lendrum was re-elected yesterday.
He was one of five people running for two seats. He’ll be joined by newcomer Lisa Wick. She’ll replace incumbent Ralph Ritzenthaler, who finished third. In the race for Willard school board, the winners were Chris Rothaar and Royden Smith.
Checking other results from yesterday’s election…
Kevin Strecker won the race for Bellevue mayor, ousting incumbent Don Berkey. New London will have a new mayor, John W. Martin, and in North Fairfield, the new mayor will be Joshua Radcliffe. Winners in the Wakeman village council race were Russell Dillon and John Nolan. In the village of Milan, Pamela Crosby won one council seat, while Richard Maloney won the other by just two votes.
Township trustee winners were…
Jeremiah Huffman in Greenfield Township, Mark Risner in Greenwich Township, William Chapman in New Haven Township, David Homan in Norwich Township, and Lorin Brown in Ripley Township. Stacy Dvorak won the Clarksfield Township fiscal officer race, while Krista Smith won the same race in Peru Township.
More Election results…
Christie Lane’s renewal levy passed by a margin of 73-27 percent. In Bellevue, voters renewed a school levy. A levy to maintain roads, streets and bridges in Fitchville Township passed, as did one in Wakeman Township. Also passing: An issue for the Huron County Community Library, one for the Firelands Ambulance District, two in the Huron River Joint Fire District, one in the Wakeman Fire District, two in the village of Greenwich, one in North Fairfield. Also passing yesterday: renewals for Plymouth’s parks and current expenses. But voters there said no to a cemetery levy. Two other issues failed: the Clarksfield Township fire, ambulance and EMS levy, and New London’s parks and rec levy. Local liquor options were approved in New Haven and Monroeville.
To Erie County, where voters approved renewals for the health department and senior services.
Other issues that were approved around Erie County: a levy for police protection in Berlin Heights, one for roads, streets and bridges in Castalia, four charter issues in Castalia, and three issues on Kelley’s Island. Ambulance levies were approved in Margaretta and Milan and Oxford Townships. Also passing in Oxford Township: a renewal for current expenses. In Sandusky, voters approved two charter issues. Voters in Huron rejected a school levy, 55-45 percent. Florence Township voters said no to a levy for roads and bridges.
As far as Erie County races…
Winners in the Sandusky City Commission race were Dave Waddington, Nikki Lloyd, Wes Poole and Greg Lockhart. Also in Sandusky voters, elected Martha Murray, Jeff Krabill and Tom Patterson to the school board. Winners in the race for Perkins school board were Andy Carroll, Jason Dulaney and Brad Mitchel. In the race for Margaretta School Board, the winners were Andrew Warner and Brian Sutorius. In Huron, voters elected Joe Dike, Rick Shaffter and Glen Ginesi to city council.
Overall, voter turnout in Huron County was 43 percent.
It was 45 percent in Erie County. Results were delayed last night. Problems at polling places in Hamilton County led to a late evening lawsuit, and a decision to keep polls there open 90 extra minutes, until 9pm. The ruling also delayed the release of results until 9.
All results are unofficial until certified by the board of elections.