By MIKE SEVER | STAFF WRITER
Watching the returns come in Tuesday night, county commissioner candidate Kathleen Chandler said she was feeling confident she would win.
That confidence was rewarded as the former commissioner was returned to the board by a vote of 38,088 to 28,894 for Republican Larry Solak, according to complete but unofficial results from the Portage County Board of Elections. Write-in candidate Michael Muldowney received 74 votes.
Incumbent commissioner Maureen Frederick was also re-elected to a third term, winning 40,406 to 26,929 over Republican challenger and two-term Streetsboro councilwoman Edith Bridget Pavlick.
Edith Pavlick wished good luck to Frederick, “and I thank everyone for their support.”
Pavlick said she was pleased with her showing.
“We ran hard. It was a good race, it was a good opportunity and I’m honored to have had the opportunity,” she said.
Chandler and other Democrats were watching election returns at the Italian American Society hall in Ravenna. Chandler said she felt her past experience as county commissioner and Kent mayor and councilmember was helpful in the election.
Solak was a two-term township trustee and was making his fourth run for the county commission. He is a self-employed businessman, owner and operator of Solak’s Automotive since 1970.
Chandler said the county TEA Party’s endorsement of Solak didn’t seem to make much difference.
“I’m excited and I’m looking forward to serving,” Chandler said.
Frederick arrived to cheers and applause with about 50 percent of the vote reported. She said she was overwhelmed by the response of voters and appreciates the people’s support.
“It gives me impetus to keep going,” she said.
Frederick said she heard from a lot of people during the campaign. “They said, ‘We appreciate you’re the voice of reason’” on the board.
The TEA Party raised Frederick’s health as a campaign issue, but she said it didn’t seem to make much difference in the race.
Frederick, a diabetic, said she’s happy to have people see her as an example of what people can do even with health issues.
She doesn’t let her issues slow her down.
“There’s no one following me around” with a shovel, she joked.
Frederick said she believes this elections shows “people are yearning for cooperation and collaboration” by public officials.
“We have to work for the betterment of everyone in this county,” Frederick said.
Clerk of Courts
In the race for Portage County clerk of courts, Democrat incumbent Linda Fankhauser won a third term by beating challenger Daniel Cartwright, a Hiram Republican by a vote of 40,509 to 25,870.
In the county recorder’s race, Democrat incumbent Bonnie Howe won a third four-year term, defeating Kevin Fowler, a Ravenna Township Republican, who was making his first run for the county post. The final, unofficial tally was 38,708 for Howe to 26,996 for Fowler.
Uncontested county races and their complete but unofficial vote totals according to the Portage County Board of Elections.
Coroner: Roger G. Marcial — 50,475
Engineer: Michael A. Marozzi — 49,639
Prosecutor: Victor V. Vigluicci — 49,894
Sheriff: David Doak —53,662
Treasurer: Vicki A. Kline — 50,665
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