Trump Takes Lorain County

Lorain County City map for electionIn the closest county race in Ohio, Donald Trump got about 400 more Lorain County votes, a difference of 0.28%, than did Hillary Clinton. Sen. Rob Portman also won the county, as did Rep. Bob Gibbs, not Rep. Jim Jordan (although he won his OH-04 district), State Rep. Nathan Manning and incoming State Rep. Dick Stein. Pat DeWine won the county on his way to the Ohio Supreme Court, and Stephen Evans was unopposed as Coroner.

Looking at the Lorain County map, first of all we have to understand that we are looking at a tie. Despite how red the county looks, we need to acknowledge the intense split between the rural and urban areas. This is not unlike state maps that we saw across the Upper Midwest states including Michigan and Wisconsin. Hillary Clinton only won seven of the 88 counties in Ohio, and they included some of the most populous. Similarly, Hillary Clinton won Oberlin by about 80% and and city of Lorain by near 70%. Elyria, another more populous area of Lorain County also saw a Clinton win although by a smaller margin.

Lorain County may have flipped in this particular election because of Trump victories in some swing areas like North Ridgeville, Sheffield Lake and Village, Amherst, and Vermillion. Additionally, there was an intensity not always seen with Republican victories in the villages and townships south of the turnpike (except for Oberlin, of course).

Unfortunately, the Trump coattails were not strong enough to carry other Lorain Republicans to a win. Connie Carr lost the County Commissioner’s race by about 3000 votes, a much closer race than has been seen during presidential election years. Krista Marinaro also came up short, as did Jessie Tower and Don Larson who were trying to win in districts which leaned heavily Democrat.

Many people within Totally Engaged Americans were quite active in their support for these candidates, and are looking forward to applying what we’ve learned to the next elections. Please join us for upcoming meetings and learn about conservatism and founding philosophies that make this country uniquely designed to protect – not grant – our liberties.

Hear from Trump, Portman Advocates

I Heart Voting buttonAs part of our Lorain County Candidate Forum in September, we were happy to hear from Tommie Patton for the Rob Portman campaign, and David Arrendondo, vice-chairman of the Lorain County Republican Party and advocate for the complete Republican ticket including Donald Trump. Lorain County hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan, but Donald Trump has stirred a lot of enthusiasm in both the rural areas as well as with some Democrats in the north. Rob Portman seems to have a more comfortable lead in the leads, but nothing can be taken for granted in this intense election cycle.

Rob Portman, Senate – Tommie Patton spoke of Portman as a common-sense conservative. He has been endorsed by the Teamsters, the Ohio Farm Workers, Fraternal Order of Police, NRA among others. He has worked on bi-partisan issues such as the Algae blooms in Lake Erie and the Addiction & Recovery Act which are important to many Ohio citizens. She finally reminded voters that the Senate confirms or rejects nominees to the Supreme Court and it is important for Republicans to hold the Senate.

David Arrendono spoke on behalf of the Republican ticket in 2016. Despite being a Rubio delegate and then a Ted Cruz supporter, Arrendondo is enthusiastically supporting Donald Trump for President. He cautioned against discord within the party by Republicans who are not supporting Trump by reminding everybody that judicial nominees and the entire Washington bureaucracy operates through direction of the President. The best way to promote a conservative agenda is to vote for Donald Trump.

We thank these advocates for giving their time on a Saturday morning to speak to our group. And to the reader… if you have read this far and watched the videos then you are one of the more engaged citizens in Lorain County. Please share this information and your thoughts with other voters and help our county become a more civic-minded community.

Wherever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Thomas Jefferson, 1789

Because the truth is, the country doesn’t need voters who have to be cajoled, enticed, or persuaded to cast a ballot. We need voters who wish to participate in the process.” Mike Rowe, 2016

Hear From Congressional Candidates

inside of CongressTotally Engaged Americans greatly appreciated the three congressional candidates who were involved in our Candidate’s Forum last month. Lorain County has three congressional districts: OH-04 is held by Rep. Jim Jordan and it stretches from western to the central part of the county; OH-07 is held by Rep. Bob Gibbs and the district goes from the southern through the eastern portion; and OH-09 is held by Rep. Marcy Kaptur and extends through northern Lorain County nearest the lake.

In attendance were Neil Lynch of Amherst speaking on behalf of Rep. Jordan; non-party candidate for OH-07 ,Dan Phillips; and Republican candidate for OH-09, Don Larson.

OH-04, Jim Jordan – Jordan has Economics and Law degrees before working in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. In 2006, Jordan won election to Congress. Jordan believes in limited government so that individual liberties can be maximized, lower taxes because individuals and families can spend money better than Washington, and traditional family values.

OH-07, Dan Phillip – Phillip lives in Ashland and is founder of the Transformation Network which deals with workforce development and education in the midwest. This company does service work for manufacturers and then puts the money back into social services for the community. This company is fundamentally self-sufficient as the government should not be the first line of defense to solve local problems.

OH-09, Don Larson – Larson has spoken to our group before on environmental and energy issues, and he first pointed out the the most important office-holders in a person’s life should be the mayor and school superintendent. But unfortunately, the federal government has been taxing and spending the money earned by the American people. He advocates for a federal government that deals with federal, national issues and leaves the rest to local officials.

Again, we thank these candidates for giving their time on a Saturday morning to speak to our group. And to the reader… if you have read this far and watched the videos then you are one of the more engaged citizens in Lorain County. Please share this information and your thoughts with other voters and help our county become a more civic-minded community

Wherever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Thomas Jefferson, 1789

Because the truth is, the country doesn’t need voters who have to be cajoled, enticed, or persuaded to cast a ballot. We need voters who wish to participate in the process.” Mike Rowe, 2016

 

Hear from Lorain’s State Rep Candidates

Ohio State Capitol BuildingTotally Engaged Americans greatly appreciated the three candidates who were involved in our Candidate’s Forum last month. Lorain County has three districts within it’s area: the 55th which covers portions of northeast and central Lorain County, the 56th which covers northern and western Lorain County, and the 57th covering southern and eastern Lorain County. The three Democrat candidates were not in attendance but we were happy to hear from the three Republicans in each race.

The State Representatives go to Columbus and work on key state issues such as the state taxes and the budget, as well as state-directed education, transportation, and environmental policy. We hope you can learn and share this information to your Lorain County family, friends and colleagues.

55th, Nathan Manning – Manning is the incumbent and was represented this day by Tyler Yalpe. He helped bring the business tax down to 0% for the first $250K and also helped keep personal income taxes the low. He passed a bill that allows wineries to sell in farmer’s markets and also to help insulin recipients with their prescriptions.

56th, Jessie Tower – Tower is a Lorain resident and has been an attorney and CPA since 1995. She had worked at the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services as a chief auditor and then assistant deputy director in the office of Children and Families. She is currently the director of the Tower Education Center getting children ready for kindergarten and coordinating after-school programs for school-age students.

57th, Dick Stein – Stein became involved with the tea party movement in Norwalk since 2009 when it began. He is a small business owner and has received endorsements from the NFIB, the CPA Society, and two right-to-life groups. His focus is on keeping job taxes and energy costs low as well limiting burdensome regulations to help spur economic growth, and to study the costs of healthcare to better manage price.

Again, we thank these candidates for giving their time on a Saturday morning to speak to our group. And to the reader… if you have read this far and watched the videos then you are one of the more engaged citizens in Lorain County. Please share this information and your thoughts with other voters and help our county become a more civic-minded community.

Wherever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Thomas Jefferson, 1789

Because the truth is, the country doesn’t need voters who have to be cajoled, enticed, or persuaded to cast a ballot. We need voters who wish to participate in the process.” Mike Rowe, 2016

Hear About The County Commissioner & Issues

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Wherever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Thomas Jefferson, 1789

Because the truth is, the country doesn’t need voters who have to be cajoled, enticed, or persuaded to cast a ballot. We need voters who wish to participate in the process.” Mike Rowe, 2016

We were happy to hear from Connie Carr’s representative, DesAnn Collins, about her candidacy as well as from Commissioner Ted Kalo and others on some of the issues on the ballot in Lorain County. While Ted Kalo is on the ballot for County Commissioner, he has no opposition. Lori Kokowski was not able to attend, but Carr’s representative spoke on her behalf. Additionally we had speakers advocating for the Drug & Alcohol Addiction levy and the Euclid City Schools building levy.

Carr’s spokesperson first noted the volume of tax issues on the ballot, and declared that there must be a different way to manage our finances. Her experience as an attorney gives her the experience to be a tough negotiator, and she respects the vast diversity and opportunities that already exist within Lorain County.

Commissioner Ted Kalo discussed the three county tax issues on the ballot. There are other countywide or local tax issues as well, but these three were directed from the County Commissioners. Issue 34 is the TB Clinic renewal, a tax which actually was cut a few years ago. Issue 33 deals with the Coroner’s Office and Crime Lab which has been burdened by the recent heroin and opioid epidemic. Lorain spends about half as much on this office as the similarly-sized Lake County. Finally, Issue 32 is the sales tax addition of 0.25%. Lorain County has a low sales tax compared to other counties and hasn’t had a permanent increase since 1985. Half of this increase will go to public transportation initiatives.

Peggy Baron of the Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County spoke on behalf of Issue 35. This increase will help provide additional treatment and recovery support by reducing wait time and providing detoxification residences for those wanting help. The Services Board also provides education to families and children as well.

Finally for voters in the Euclid City School District, Superintendent Tom Jama spoke on behalf of Issue 23. This bond issue for Elyria City Schools could bring $125-135 million to replace all of their elementary and middle schools with only five schools, and to rebuild Elyria stadium as well. The state, which will help with the funding upon passage of the bond issue, said that none of the schools were worth renovating, which is why the complete replacement is necessary.

Again, we thank these speakers for giving their time on a Saturday morning to speak to our group about these important issues for the citizens of our county. And to the reader… if you have read this far and watched the videos then you are one of the more engaged citizens in Lorain County. Please share this information and your thoughts with other voters and help our county become a more civic-minded community.

Hear from the Lorain County Judicial Candidates

judge's gavelWherever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Thomas Jefferson, 1789

Because the truth is, the country doesn’t need voters who have to be cajoled, enticed, or persuaded to cast a ballot. We need voters who wish to participate in the process.” Mike Rowe, 2016

Last month at our Candidate’s Forum, we were very pleased to have all four candidates for the two competitive judicial positions on the November ballot. It is always our goal to provide as much information as possible to the voters of Lorain County so that engaged citizens can make the most sound decision possible.

Many voters come out in presidential election years to vote for the top of the ticket, but then begin leaving other races blank because they feel uninformed. in 2012, the judicial candidates received about 70% of the votes given to the presidential candidates. We hope that YOU can become better informed with this series of videos and that you will share this information with other Lorain County family and friends. Here are their videos and a summary of their speeches.

Chris Cook, Common Pleas – Cook has pent all his life working as a prosecutor and defense attorney as well as being a magistrate in the courtroom. His proudest accomplishment is being chosen among the 500 judges and lawyers in Lorain County to be the lawyer for the Lorain County Bar Association.

Will Spiegelberg, Common Pleas – Spiegelberg is new to Lorain County although he has been a referee for many sports games across the county. He has a strong door-to-door campaign and wants to see judges work more closely with the Commissioners and also work more often to reduce the extra costs needed for a magistrate. Finally he believes that we need to return God back to the courtrooms and the classrooms.

Sherry Glass, Domestic Relations – Glass is a lifelong Lorain County resident, a mother, and has spent 18 years as a county prosecutor. She’s worked with each city in Lorain County in cases that include rapes and unsolved murders, and has been endorsed by many unions, police, and fire departments in the area.

Krista Marinaro, Domestic Relations – Marinaro stressed the point that the Domestic Relations court focuses on the kids and has an $11 million budget which she wants to make sure the office is being fiscally responsible. She has been a prosecuting and defense attorney as well as a Guardian ad Litem where she judges what is best for the child.

We greatly appreciate these candidates for giving their time to us last month and wish them the best for the remaining campaign. And again… if you have read this far and have watched the videos, then you are more engaged then many of your Lorain County neighbors. Please discuss these candidates with your friends and families and help to increase our civic involvement as a county.

T.E.A. CANDIDATE FORUM!

Totally Engaged Americans of Lorain County, Ohio, hosted a CANDIDATE FORUM on Saturday, September 10, 2016.  There were also three issues coming up on the ballot that were covered, as well.
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You can view the entire event or just the individual issue/candidate videos below this listing: 

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Kirsten Hill, Chairman of Totally Engaged Americans of Lorain County

Michael Moats, Marketing Chair, Totally Engaged Americans.

Michael Moats, Marketing Chair, Totally Engaged Americans.

 

THANK YOU TO ALL THE CANDIDATES AND SPOKESMEN WHO GAVE OF THEIR TIME TO INFORM LORAIN COUNTY RESIDENTS OF THEIR ISSUES AND POSITIONS.

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