New Mayors Elected in Cleveland, Cincinnati; Incumbent Mayor Retains His Spot in Toledo
Voters in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo have chosen their mayor for the next four years. In Cleveland, newcomer Justin Bibb overwhelmingly defeated Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley by a vote of 62.9% to 37.1%. In Cincinnati, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval prevailed over his opponent City Councilman David Mann, 67% to 33%. Finally, in Toledo, incumbent one-term Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz defeated his opponent three-term former mayor Carty Finkbeiner, 67% to 33%.
Democratic Endorsed City Council Candidates Sweep in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus
In Cleveland, incumbent and endorsed councilpersons Joe Jones (Ward 1), Kevin Bishop (Ward 2), Kerry McCormack (Ward 3), Deborah Gray (Ward 4), Blaine Griffin (Ward 6), Stephanie Howse (Ward 7), Mike Polensek (Ward 8), Kevin Conwell (Ward 9), Anthony Hairston (Ward 10), Brian Mooney (Ward 11), Kris Harsh (Ward 13), Jasmine Santana (Ward 14), Jenny Spencer (Ward 15), Brian Kazy (Ward 16), and Charles Slife (Ward 17) all won their respective race. Political novices Richard Starr (Ward 5) and Rebecca Maurer (Ward 12) each beat their incumbent opponents.
Columbus City Council President
Shannon Hardin easily finished first in the at-large race, with Nick Bankston and Lourdes Barroso de Padilla taking the remaining two seats. Hardin won with 29.1% of the vote while Bankston and Barroso de Padilla each won with 27.4% of the vote.
Out of the nine seats for Cincinnati City Council, eight Democrats went on to win. Current incumbents Jan Michelle Kearney and Greg Landsman finished first and second. The lone Republican, Liz Keating, placed ninth.
Congressional Favorites Shontel Brown and Mike Carey Cruise to Victory
Democrat Shontel Brown of Cleveland won the
11th District seat vacated by Marcia Fudge and Republican Mike Carey of Columbus won the 15th District seat vacated by Steve Stivers. Both Brown and Carey easily beat their opponents – Brown defeated Republican Laverene Gore by a vote of 78.8% to 21.2% and Carey defeated current Democratic State Representative Allison Russo by a vote of 58.3% to 41.2%. Both new members of Congress will be sworn in on Thursday.
Calfee offers congratulations to the winners and looks forward to working with these public servants.