The three-member Lake County Board of Commissioners will
definitely have a western Lake County feel next year.
It also will be an all-Democrat commission, as Robert E.
of Wickliffe was re-elected Tuesday and Willowick Council
was elected to her first term.
They join Willowick Democrat Daniel P. Troy,
remains on the board until his term expires at the end of 2014.
According to final unofficial results (used for all
information in this column), Aufuldish won by a margin of 54,787 to 49,081.
He won each precinct in Eastlake, Mentor-on-the-Lake,
Painesville, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Willowick, Fairport Harbor, Grand River,
Lakeline, and Timberlake.
Aufuldish also prevailed in Madison Township, winning
seven of 10 precincts and six of 11 in Painesville Township,
His opponent, Republican John R. Hamercheck
, a Madison
Village councilman, won each precinct in Kirtland, Kirtland Hills, Leroy
Township, his hometown Madison Village, North Perry Village, Perry Village,
Perry Township and Waite Hill.
Hamercheck also won 13 of 14 precincts in Concord Township
and four of seven precincts in Willoughby Hills.
The two candidates split the city of Mentor, as each won
Overall, Aufuldish won 99 precincts, while Hamercheck won
Moran won by a margin of 53,713 to 50,897, defeating
Willoughby Hills Councilman David M. Fiebig
Moran won each precinct in Eastlake, Mentor-on-the-Lake,
Painesville, Wickliffe, Willowick, Fairport Harbor, Grand River and Timberlake.
She also was victorious in Willoughby by winning 10 of 15
precincts, six of 10 precincts in Madison Township and six of 11 precincts in
Fiebig won each precinct in Kirtland, Concord Township,
Kirtland Hills, Leroy Township, North Perry Village, Perry Village, Perry
Township and Waite Hill.
He also took 19 of 34 precincts in Mentor and five of
seven precincts in his hometown Willoughby Hills.
Overall, Moran won 89 precincts, and Fiebig won 67
precincts. They tied in Mentor Precinct 2C, as each received 421 votes.
For both commissioners races combined, there were 208,478
total votes for the two races and of that figure 108,500 were for Democrats
with 99,978 for Republicans.
That contrasts to the top of each party’s ticket in Lake
County, where Republican Mitt Romney
beat President Barack Obama
by a margin
of 57,150 to 55,219 giving Romney the edge by 1,931 votes.
Also in Lake County, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown
Democrat, beat Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel
, a Republican, by a
margin of 52,896 to 51,335 to win the county’s overall vote by 1,561 votes.
In a future column, I’ll take a look at how the Ohio House
of Representatives races in Lake County shaped out and possibly others that
have generated interest.
In last Sunday’s column I made predictions for 18 races
that appeared in the print edition. I also posted those plus 10 additional
picks on the News-Herald’s political blog.
Out of 28 races, I got 24 correct — missing on one
countywide result in Lake and Geauga counties, one multi-county race and one
In print, 16 of were 18 correct, missing on the races for
Lake County recorder and Geauga County commissioner for the unexpired term
ending Dec. 31, 2014.
I incorrectly picked Jason Wuliger
to defeat Ann Radcliffe
in the recorder’s race, and Jim Dvorak
to beat Mary Samide
in the commissioner
race. Radcliffe and Samide were victorious.
For the additional 10 picks published online, I missed
when I picked Mary
to defeat Colleen O’Toole
for 11th District
Court of Appeals, and I picked Yvette McGee Brown
to beat Sharon L.
for Ohio Supreme Court for the unexpired term ending Dec.
31, 2014. O’Toole and Kennedy were victorious.
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2012 election, Ann Radcliffe, Barack Obama, David M Fiebig, Jason Wuliger, John Hamercheck, Josh Mandel, Judy Moran, Mitt Romney, Robert E. Aufuldish, Sherrod Brown