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Lakewood voters decide Lakewood City Schools Board of Education and Lakewood Municipal Court races

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LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Residents on Nov. 2 retained Lakewood City Schools Board of Education President Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy (4,834 votes), whereas additionally electing challenger Nora Katzenberger (5,118 votes), based on ultimate, unofficial outcomes from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

“Lakewood voters were ready for a fresh perspective on our school board,” stated first-time candidate Katzenberger, who works as a author and group volunteer. “I’m grateful for their faith in me. I was proud of my grassroots effort.

“I trusted Lakewood voters to make the right decision for our community. Public schools and school boards are the focus of a lot of attention these days, much of it negative. We need to protect our public schools. I’m ready to work hard to help give every Lakewood student the tools they need to succeed.”

As for Shaughnessy, she’s been a Lakewood Board of Education member since 1993.

“I’m very pleased and privileged to have been re-elected,” Shaughnessy stated. “Despite the challenges of the past year and a half, we have many opportunities to address the needs of our students — not just to make up for learning gaps caused by the pandemic but to really surge ahead.

“Our students and teachers are doing a great job. There is so much enthusiasm. It’s really energizing for everyone.”

Incumbent Vice President Edward Favre (2,990 votes) didn’t make the lower.

“Ed Favre has served the district well for many years,” Shaughnessy stated. “I also know Nora will be bringing a fresh perspective. We welcome her.”

The four-year time period consists of board members incomes $125 per assembly with whole annual compensation capped at $5,000.

Regarding the municipal court docket decide election, Lakewood City Council Ward 1 Councilwoman Tess Neff (4,123 votes) narrowly defeated former Lakewood regulation director Sara Fagnilli (4,055 votes), based on ultimate, unofficial outcomes from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Pertaining to the shut race, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Manager of the Outreach Department stated any discuss of a recount is untimely till all of the outcomes are in and the election is licensed.

“We can’t know how many people mailed their ballots back before the deadline and will come to the board or from where those ballots will come from,” West stated. “But we should have the number of provisionals and where they are from posted soon.”

As it stands now, Neff will serve a six-year time period changing presiding Judge Patrick Carroll, who is about to mandatorily retire on the finish of the 12 months.

“While I’m thrilled and honored to be the prevailing candidate, we still must wait for the board of elections to certify the election,” Neff stated. “My race is the perfect example to demonstrate how valuable it is to vote because, literally, every vote mattered.

“It’s important for residents to stay engaged with their community and actively learn about all candidates in every race to make the best choice for the position.”

Fagnilli added, “The results are so close, which reiterate the importance of every single vote. Voter turnout was so low. We must do better in the future to encourage our community to participate in the democratic process. I look forward to continuing my municipal law work and to serving the community.”

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