Election resultsWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
With the last precinct reporting its unofficial numbers at 12:34 a.m., the campaigning season for the Nov. 8 election came to a close. Forty-two percent of Lucas County voters turned out to express their opinions on Toledo City Council, state and local issues and more. All numbers below are unofficial as of Nov. 9 at 12:34 a.m.
Toledo City Council
In the races for all six of the Toledo City Council district positions, all five running incumbents kept their seats. In District 1, incumbent Wilma Brown’s pick, Tyrone Riley, attorney and Democrat, beat legal researcher Aji Green, also a Democrat, with 5,266 votes compared to his opponent’s 4,120.
In District 2, Councilman D. Michael Collins, Independent, won with 9,312 votes. Collins, a former police officer, said in a statement, “I thank the voters in District 2 for their support tonight, I look forward to serving the constituents of District 2 the next four years.” His opponent, Jeremy Demagall, the former deputy director of the Lucas County Board of Elections and a Republican, received 3,174 votes.
Councilman Mike Craig, a Democrat, beat electrician and union-backed Shaun Enright with 3,446 votes to Enright’s 2,800. Enright, also a Democrat, gained about 20 more votes than Craig in the primary. At about 10:45 p.m. on Nov. 8, Craig said, “I think that we did a good job and it’s still not enough of a result to absolutely call it, but I feel pretty comfortable. I think this reflects on how well I took care of my constituents. I don’t think this reflects on union, nonunion or anything like that. I think this election was a referendum on my work on council.”
In District 4, Councilwoman Paula Hicks-Hudson, a Democrat and attorney, won with 4,739 votes. Her opponent, Anita Rios, a patient advocate at the Center for Choice and Green Party member, earned 1,917 votes.
Councilman Tom Waniewski, a Republican, gained 8,171 votes to win over Democrat Jim Martin’s 4,456 votes. “I’m always humbled by the support I get. I’m glad the constituents in my district understand that I’ve worked tirelessly for them the past four years,” Waniewski said.
In the most dramatic City Council race, Councilwoman Lindsay Webb, a Democrat, beat Douglas DeCamp, a Republican and solutions engineer at HCR ManorCare, with 7,575 votes to his 3,369. “The voters of District 6 have entrusted me to continue to represent them, I am grateful for their support tonight,” Webb said in a statement. Webb was accused of not accepting her nomination in time while DeCamp faced allegations of spending campaign funds without designating a treasurer. A court ruled that Webb could stay on the ballot, while DeCamp said he did hire a treasurer and explained the situation to the Ohio Elections Commission.
Ohio voters chose to knock down Senate Bill 5, the controversial bill seeking to limit collective-bargaining rights. With 97 precincts reporting at 12:34 a.m. 61 percent voted against Issue 2 to strike down SB5, while 39 percent voted to uphold it.
Local councilmen expressed their approval of the voters’ choice. “I am also very pleased with the results on Issue 2, the voters appear to have spoken loud and clear in expressing their belief that Senate Bill 5 needed to be repealed,” said Collins in a statement.
Webb agreed. “Seeing the numbers as they stand right now with Issue 2
being defeated by a majority of Ohioans sends the message that we as a State believe in collective bargaining,” she said in a statement.
Issue 3, a constitutional amendment seeking to “preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage,” passed with 66 percent of votes, compared to 34 percent against it.
In a prior interview, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of District 9 said the amendment is largely seen as an attempt to strike down President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is why it cannot succeed.
She added that federal law and the U.S. Supreme Court decision will trump any state amendment.
Bob Densic, founder of Back to Basics, a local tea party group, disagreed and said it would be worse if “Obamacare” continues. “Health care costs will rise through the roof,” he said. “You can go to every extreme and I think it will be the case.”
Densic added that he hopes the Supreme Court does strike down “Obamacare.”
Issue 1 that seeks to increase the age a judge can be elected or appointed from 70 to 75 failed with 62 percent of votes against it and 38 percent for it.
The Toledo Zoo levy renewal of .85 mills passed with 85,029 votes and 36,163 votes against it. Anne Baker, executive director of the Toledo Zoo, thanked supporters for voting for Issue 17. “We had a tremendous group of volunteers and they just worked long and hard. We were just everywhere we could be and it paid off,” she said.
Issue 16, the 1.4 mill renewal levy supporting Lucas County Children Services, succeeded with 79,505 votes and 39,808 votes against the levy. “We’re obviously pretty happy about it (renewal passing). That’s a significant amount of the voters in our community saying ‘we support the cause,’” said Executive Director Dean Sparks of Lucas County Children Services.
Issue 15, the tax renewal levy of .7 mills for 911 services, also passed with 79,695 votes for the levy and 39,452 against it.
In the race for Judge slots on the Toledo Municipal Court, C. Allen McConnell won with 37,526 votes over Joshua Lanzinger, who had 21,214 votes.
Robert Christiansen beat John Coble with 29,990 and 21,504 votes respectively. Timothy Kuhlman won unchallenged with 36,998 votes.
Michelle Wagner also won with 33,854 votes, beating Mark Davis at 16,556 and David Toska at 8,711 votes.
Lucas County Democratic Party recently filed a complaint against Davis, alleging that he claimed he had degrees he didn’t in advertisements. The Ohio Ethics Commission dismissed the complaint Monday, Davis said in the afternoon on Nov. 8. He added that,
“If she (Wagner) won, she won underhandedly.”
Wagner said voters choose her because she is best-qualified. “We’re very pleased with the result. We worked really hard for almost a year,” Wagner said of her campaign, adding, “I do consider it a service, not a seat.”