Election Results 2015 Incumbents Retained, Community Split On 64
At the end of a long night on November 3rd (election results were delayed across the state due to issues with a new technology for signing in voters at the polls in Hamilton County) it quickly became clear that for seats in which an incumbent was running, their seat was safe for another four years. This included Mayor Michael Summers, Ward 1 Councilman David Anderson, Ward 2 Councilman Sam O’Leary, Municipal Court Judge Patrick Carroll, and School Board members Linda Beebe and Tom Einhouse. The third and final seat for school board currently has the sitting President of the Board, Emma Petrie-Barcelona in the lead by one vote over Meghan George and by 75 votes over Kristine Pagsuyoin. Due to the close nature of this race (within 0.5% of the total votes cast), an automatic recount, including the review of any provisional ballots cast, will likely be triggered. Therefore, the definitive winner of the race will not be known for some time yet.
The other major draw for Lakewood voters was, of course, the Charter Amendment regarding Lakewood Hospital, known as Issue 64. The unofficial tally from the Board of Elections has the issue failing with 52.22% of the votes cast against the amendment and 47.78% in favor of the amendment. With a difference just shy of 600 votes, the community is still clearly divided over the charter amendment and the larger question of the future of Lakewood Hospital.
Two other small, precinct-specific measures passed. Both were requesting permission for Sunday liqour sales, one at Mars Bar in Ward 2, precinct G and one for O’Tooles Pub in Ward 3, precinct F. Both establishments had existing liquor licenses, but now may also sell on Sundays between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight.