CLEVELAND -- There's no media blitzes for federal or state offices or hot-button statewide issues.
So the biggest contests in Tuesday's election are mayors' races.
The biggest one is in Cleveland. Mayor Frank Jackson's a heavy favorite to win a third term against challenger Ken Lanci.
In Brook Park, former Mayor Tom Coyne is hoping voters recall his success as longtime mayor and will overlook his much publicized drinking issues. Both he and firefighter union President Jim Astorino are running as independents. '
Astorino offers himself as the nonpolitician alternative. Democrat Danny Colonna has the party endorsement, a popular former lawmaker and father with ties to Frank Russo.
In Beachwood, longtime Mayor Merle Gorden wants to take credit for that community's successful development efforts.
But he's being criticized by opponent, Councilman Brian Linick, and others for his style, big salary and generous perks.
In Orange, voters will decide zoning that will either allow or block a major mixed-use project. Some opponents fear traffic congestion and the displacement of some homeowners whose property would be needed for the project. Those backing the project say homeowners could be paid three to four times the value of their property.
There are levies galore on the ballot. One-hundred-twenty money issues are on the ballot in Northeast Ohio. Forty are property or income tax hikes.
In Cuyahoga County, there are issues for the Metroparks, Health and Human Services levy and the port.
Many communities have big city or school issues, which could have some voters deciding what they can afford.
In Cuyahoga County, there will be new high-speed scanners tried to count results.
The scanners are more than twice as fast and require fewer workers and fewer machines.
A decision whether or not to buy them will be made after next spring's primary.