MAYFIELD HEIGHTS -- The two top vote-getters in the Nov. 5 election -- Anthony DiCicco Jr. and Donna Finney -- are facing off Dec. 3 for the top spot in the city.
The election was triggered after none of the three candidates received enough votes to exceed the 50 percent requirement to be declared the winner. This margin is required by the city charter.
The two candidates who received the highest number of votes are on the ballot. DiCicco garnered 1,876 votes, Finney 1,170 and Diane Marzano Snider received 1,101. Both Finney and Snider are on council and DiCicco is mayor.
DiCicco has filled the unexpired term of former Mayor Greg Costabile since mid-January. Costabile, 47, resigned in January and pleaded guilty in late January to two misdemeanor ethics violations for failing to disclose income he received from two companies that have done business with the city.
Costabile was sentenced to a suspended 180-day jail term and one year's probation. He was also fined $500 for each violation.
His plea bargain calls for the payment of $15,000 – the amount he failed to report on his financial disclosure statement in 2010 – to the Ohio Ethics Commission and $6,000 to the prosecutor's office.
This is the second time in eight years that a runoff election was held. Costabile won that runoff back in December 2005 and was mayor until his resignation. That runoff was triggered when none of the five candidates for mayor then received 50 percent of the vote.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections says Vote by Mail applications can be obtained.
"We are accepting Vote by Mail ballot applications and we will begin mailing ballots to voters starting on Nov. 26," said Pat McDonald, Director of the Board of Elections. "Due to the accelerated time line for conducting this election it is important for Vote by Mail voters to act quickly," said McDonald.
To request a ballot application, visit: www.443vote.com, or call 216-443-VOTE (8683). Vote by Mail applications are also available at all public libraries.
Early voting for the Dec.3 run-off election is available at the Board of Elections fNov. 26-27 and Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is located at 2925 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.
Voters need to confirm their ward, precinct, and voting location before the Dec. 3 Election Day and remember to bring ID to the polls. Call the Board at 216-443-VOTE (8683) to check your voting location or check on line at: www.443vote.com.