Lorain County Commissioners
Who Are The Lorain County Commissioners?
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As of 2012, The Lorain County Commissioners Board consists of Commissioner Ted Kalo (a Democrat from Lorain), Commissioner Lori Kokoski, and Commissioner Tom Williams (a Republican from Amherst). The Lorain County Ohio Commissioners are based at the Lorain County Administration Building, 226 Middle Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Their regular weekly board meetings are held every Wenesday at 9:30 AM. The Board of Commissioners offices are located on the fourth floor of the administration building, and you can call them at (440) 329-5111. The elected office of Lorain County Commissioner is a four-year term.
The political campaign website addresses for the three commissioners are as follows — Tom Williams: www.loraincountyfirst.com; Ted Kalo: www.tedkalo.com; Lori Kokoski: www.lorikokoski.com
(Note: the information on this page is current as of the year 2012)
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What Does The Board Of Lorain County Commissioners Do?
Ohio has 88 counties, and in most of these counties, a three-member board of county commissioners are elected to act as administrators for the counties. The Lorain County Commissioners are in charge of all purchasing for the county, are the authority on taxing (tax increases & issues), and titles for property in the county are held by the commissioners. They also oversee the Lorain County budget and appropriations to almost all of the county departments.
For the decisions that they ultimately make having to do with the Lorain County budget as well as policy making, the commissioners need to have a broad grasp of issues that include enforcing the law, developing business, the functions of different county departments, and revenue sources.
Additionally, the Lorain County Commissioners handle other county government functions such as the solid waste department, recycling and disposal, sewer and water districts, public hearings and making decisions on annexing issues, and many other decisions that have to do with county departments.
These departments fall under control of the Lorain County Commissioners: county administrator; board of commissioners; budget department; building department; Charles Berry Bascule Bridge; Children & Family Council; Clerk of the Board; Community Development; Dog Kennel; Emergency 9-1-1; Emergency Management & Homeland Security; Golden Acres Nursing Home; IT & Telecommunications; Job & Family Services; Lorain County Diner; Lorain County Transit; Mailroom; Maintenance; Office on Aging; Personnel; Port Authority; Purchasing; Records Retention Center; Sanitary Engineer’s Department; Solid Waste Management District; Special Project Management Office; and the Workforce Development Agency.
The Lorain County Administrator is Mr. James Cordes.
Lorain County Government Departments
Department heads for the following Lorain County departments are appointed by the Lorain County Board of Commissioners:
Charles Berry Bascule Bridge
Children & Family Council
Clerk of the Board
Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Golden Acres Nursing Home
IT & Telecommunications
Job & Family Services
Lorain County Transit
Office on Aging
Records Retention Center
Sanitary Engineer’s Department
Solid Waste Management District
Special Project Management Office
Workforce Development Agency
Q: When is the 2012 election day in Lorain County, Ohio?
A: The general election voting date in Lorain County is Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
A video of former commissioner Betty Blair talking about her time as a county elected official
Lorain County Government Department Heads
Charles Berry Bridge Supervisor
Children & Family Council Director
Clerk of Board
Community Development Acting Director
Emergency 911 Director
EMA & Homeland Security Director
Golden Acres Administrator
IT & Telecommunications Director
Job & Family Services Director
Mary Lou Golski
Mail Room Supervisor
Office of Sustainability
Office on Aging Director
Port Authority ExecutiveDirector
Records Center Supervisor
Solid Waste Management District Director
Special Project’s Manager
Workforce Development Agency Director
Other Elected Officials Who Serve Lorain County Residents
Lorain County Commissioners Ted Kalo, Lori Kokoski and Tom Williams aren’t the only elected officials who serve the public in our county. As of the year 2012, Lorain County residents are also represented by the following public office holders: Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney (Democrat); Prosecutor Dennis Will (Democrat); Sheriff Phil Stammitti (Democrat); Recorder Judy Nedwick (Democrat); Treasurer Daniel Talarek (Democrat); Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski and Auditor Mark Stewart (Democrat).
What Cities, Villages and Townships Do The Lorain County Commissioners Represent?
Lorain County has both vibrant, beautiful cities and smaller townships and villages that take pride in local agriculture, farming and small-town activities. Following is a list of the different communities that make up our diverse county population.
Lorain County, Ohio Cities
Lorain County, Ohio Villages
Lorain County, Ohio Townships
- New Russia
A Brief History of Lorain County Commissioner General Election Campaign Candidates
Races for for the Lorain County Commissioner seats (which have four-year terms) are almost always contested, but not all three commissioners run for re-election in the same year. The terms are “staggered,” with two commissioner seats being up for the voters to choose in Presidential election years, and the remaining seat on off-years.
Following is a list of candidates (Democrat, Republican and Independent) who have run campaigns for Lorain County Commissioner since the year 2000 (the winning candidate is indicated as well). Candidates who ran in the Democratic Party Primary and Republican Party Primaries are included after the General Election candidates below (in the past decade, there have been no Libertarian, Green Party, Independent or Tea Party candidates elected to this office).
Republican Eric Flynn, Democrat Mary Jo Vasi (winner)
Republican David Moore (winner), Democrat Michael Ross
Democrat Betty Blair (winner), Republican Eric Flynn
Republican Eric Flynn, Democrat Lori Kokoski (winner)
Republican Rita Canfield, Democrat Ted Kalo (winner)
Democrat Betty Blair (winner), Republican Rita Canfield
Republican Nick Brusky, Democrat Ted Kalo (winner)
Democrat Lori Kokoski (winner), Republican Martin O’Donnell
Democrat Joseph (Joe) Koziura, Republican Tom Williams (winner), Independent Mike Nunez, Independent Kirk Stewart
Democratic & Republican Primary Candidates In The Past Decade
Here is a comprehensive list of political campaign candidates who ran for their party’s nomination for Lorain County Commissioner since the year 2002:
DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES: Betty Blair (winner), Michael Nunez
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: No Contest
DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES: Jeff Fogt, Jack Kiroy, Lori Kokoski (winner), Mary Jo Vasi
DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES: Ted Kalo (winner), Juan Molina Crespo, Michael Nunez, David Urig
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: No Contest
DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES: Betty Blair (winner), Alan Evenchik, Joshua Meszes, Michael Nunez
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: Rita Canfield (winner), Robert Reed
DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES: Lori Kokoski (winner), Dave George, Kathleen Rednour
DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES: Ted Kalo (winner), Josh Meszes
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: No Contest
DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES: Joe Koziura (winner), Joshua Meszes, Ronnie Rimbert, Bret Schuster, Victor Stuart, Berry Taylor
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: Mickey Corbin, Tom Williams (winner)
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES: Phil Van Treuren
How You Can Register To Vote For Your Lorain County Commissioners
NOTE: The Ohio State Legislature recently approved a plan for Ohio voters to have two primary election dates in 2012. Local candidates in Lorain County Democrat and Republican primaries will be chosen by voters on March 6, 2012. The Presidential Primary election will be held on June 12.
So, where do you register to vote for your next Commissioner candidate? It’s simple! The Lorain County Board of Elections address is 1985 North Ridge Road East, in Sheffield Township. You can visit the Board of Elections personally and register to vote (office hours are currently 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday), or you can call them for more information at (440) 326-5900.
To find out where to vote on election day (where your polling place or voting location is), please contact the Board of Elections. They will ask for your address and tell you where to go to cast your vote on election day.
Remember, you can also take part in early voting or absentee voting in Lorain County, as well. You can vote early in person at the Board of Elections, or you can have an absentee ballot mailed to your home. Simply contact the Board with your mailing address and they will make sure that you receive a ballot (you have to affix your own postage before mailing it back).
The BOE can also assist you with questions about election results; taking out petitions to run for office; political subdivisions, precincts and districts; where to vote in your city; information on candidates, ballot issues and tax levy info; campaign donations and campaign finance reports.
The Lorain County Board of Elections members are Thomas (Tom) Smith, a Democrat; Robert (Bob) Rousseau, a Republican; Anthony (Tony) Giardini, a Democrat; and Helen Hurst, a Republican. The Director is Paul Adams (Democrat) and the Deputy Director is James (Jim) Kramer (Republican).
More Information On Voting From the Lorain County Board Of Elections Website
Election Day Procedures
VOTING AT THE PRECINCT POLLING PLACE
Where do I vote on Election Day?
On Election Day, you cast your ballot at your precinct’s designated polling place between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you do not know where your precinct polling place is located, please contact your county board of elections. Please click here to perform a polling place search.
How do I cast my ballot?
Instructions for casting your ballot are posted in each polling place. If you have any questions about how to mark or cast your ballot, or if you have incorrectly marked a ballot, immediately contact a precinct election official for instructions before you continue.
May I receive assistance in voting?
A voter with a physical or mental disability, or a voter who is unable to read or write, may be assisted by anyone of the voter’s choice, except a candidate whose candidacy is being voted on in that precinct, the voter’s employer or the employer’s agent, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union. A voter may also be assisted by two poll workers (each of a different political party). No one who assists a voter may disclose any information about how that person voted.
In a primary election, how do I establish which political party’s ballot I am entitled to vote?
You may vote the primary ballot of the political party with which you currently wish to be affiliated. If you wish to vote a party’s ballot different from what you voted in 2009 or 2010, you must complete a statement at your polling place confirming the change in your political party affiliation.
May I vote on ballot issues at a primary election without declaring my party affiliation?
Yes. You may vote on the issues and questions, if any, to be voted on in your precinct by requesting an “issues-only” ballot.
Will I need an ID to Vote?
Yes. All voters must bring acceptable identification to the polls in order to verify their identity. Acceptable identification includes a current and valid photo identification; military identification; or a copy of a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document, other than a voter registration acknowledgement notification mailed by the board of elections, that shows the voter’s name and current address (including from a public college or university). Voters who do not provide one of these documents at the polling place will still be able to vote a provisional ballot as described earlier in this guide, and may provide such identification to the board of elections within the 10 days following Election Day. Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a Social Security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation statement swearing to the voter’s identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot.