Election Day, November 2017

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Election Day, November 2017

Election day was November 7, and the results are in! 2017 was an off-year election, meaning it was not a presidential or midterm election. Off-year elections occur on odd years. Even though they are not presidential elections, it is still important for people to vote in off-year elections, as they are crucial for deciding local and statewide issues and offices.

In Cleveland Heights, residents voted on two issues, and three elected offices. The issues on the ballot were Issues 1 and 2. Issue 1 dealt with the rights of crime victims, giving them constitutional rights around how they are treated during the process of trial and conclusion, as well. Issue 1 passed, making an amendment to the state constitution. Issue 2 was the second attempt of an initiative, designed to pay the same price or less for prescription drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Once the results were counted, however, Issue 2 had been defeated.

Voters in Cleveland Heights also decided on four new members of city council, three new school board officials and one judge. Melissa Yasinow, Cheryl Stephens, Mike Ungar and Jason Stein were elected to city council. Yasinow won the most votes and was elected to her second term as city councilwoman.  Joudi Sourini, Dan Heintz and Malia Lewis were elected to Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board. James Costello won the position of judge, concluding the offices Cleveland Heights voters elected.

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