One race was extremely tight—the election for Bob McCloskey’s replacement to his District 3 Toledo City Council seat, which Council had temporarily filled with BGSU grad Taylor Balderas, who was endorsed by numerous unions and the Lucas County Democratic Party and its Hispanic/Latino Caucus.
Balderas’ opponents were Mike Craig, Don Boiselle, and Fred Kutz, as reported in La Prensa on April 26 (La Prensa, page 7, “District 3 council candidates present array of choices, experience,” by La Prensa Political Correspondent Fletcher Word).
In the Wednesday morning Blade, able staff writer Tom Troy wrote that with 93 per cent of the District 3 precincts reporting (unofficial results), “Balderas clings to lead” over Craig, 1,091 to 1,062, or a margin of 29 votes.
Toledo’s WTOL by Wednesday morning had Balderas winning by 26 votes over Craig, 1,193 to 1,167, with 100 per cent of the precincts from District 3 reporting.
Since Lucas County by 10:00AM on May 3rd had not yet posted the final unofficial vote tally, La Prensa’s political correspondent Word called the Lucas County Board of Elections and after several attempts was finally able to reach one of its anonymous own, who reported that with 100 per cent of the District 3 precincts reporting, that Craig had won by 12 votes, 1,291 to 1,279. (Kutz was reported to having garnered 539 votes and Boiselle 363.)
What happened? Where did these extra votes come from? And the tally does not yet include any possible absentee ballots.
Was Craig the victor? Or was Balderas? Stay tuned to www.laprensa1.com for the answer.
For selected Lorain, Cuyahoga, and Franklin County unofficial results go to: http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/myelection.htm (Cuyahoga), http://184.108.40.206/elect/ohlorain/results.htm (Lorain), http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/boe/06UnofficialResults/EL45A.HTM (Franklin),
Taylor Balderas with Danny Contreras (President of the Lucas County Democratic Hispanic/Latino Caucus) and Sabina Serratos y hija