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Northeast Ohio mayoral elections: Elyria's Holly C. Brinda upset by Frank Whitfield; Lakewood elects new mayor in tight race

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Lorain County's second-largest city is about to have a new mayor.

Incumbent two-term Democrat Holly C. Brinda lost Tuesday to independent Frank Whitfield. With 100% of precincts reporting, Whitfield was shown to have 47.6% of the vote, compared to just 40.6% for Brinda.

With the campaign slogan of "WElyria," Whitfield rose from relative unknown status to score what is considered a bit of an upset. The 32-year-old former President and CEO of the Lorain County Urban League's top issues included the economy, youth and senior services, police and community relations and overall unity and inclusion.

Credit: Frank Whitfield for mayor

Besides Whitfield and Brinda, former Mayor William M. Grace was also running to regain his position in City Hall. However, he mustered just 11.8% of the vote.

There were other important mayoral races in Lorain County as well:

  • In North Ridgeville, Republican Kevin Corcoran ousted Democrat Paul Wolanski 57.8%-42.2%. Corcoran will replace Mayor David Gillock, who did not run for re-election after serving 16 terms.
  • In Avon Lake, incumbent Gregory J. Zilka outlasted Karl C. Zuber 54.4%-45.6%. It will be the third term for the 72-year-old.
  • And in Lorain, Democrat Jack W. Bradley beat out Republican Jessie M. Tower 59.2%-37.3%. Bradley will step in after former Mayor Chase Ritenauer resigned to take a job in Illinois.

Other notable mayoral races across Northeast Ohio:

  • Lakewood: Meghan F. George edged Sam O'Leary 50.7%-49.3% to replace the outgoing Michael P. Summers.
  • Euclid: Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail appears headed for a landslide re-election with 81% of precincts reporting.
  • Massillon: Democratic incumbent Kathy Catazaro-Perry held off Republican James Haavisto 62%-38%.

Get all your election results from 3News at wkyc.com/elections.

In addition, you can re-watch 3News' election recap with Stephanie Haney, Dave DeNatale, and Tom Beres below:

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