Cross, Nunnari advance in Ward 2 race
By Kevin Kelley
A new 5.9-mill operating levy for the Westlake City Schools lost by just 47 votes of the more than 6,000 cast in Tuesday’s primary election.
The final results were 3,049 (49.62 percent) for and 3,096 (50.38 percent) against.
Superintendent Dan Keenan told West Life he will recommend $1 million in cuts to the school budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
“We had a lot of hard work by a lot of people, and we appreciate it,” Keenan said of the campaign for the levy.
The superintendent said the district will use voters’ input constructively.
“We’ll figure out what we need to do to get that support,” he said.
Although the district can another attempt to get voters to pass the levy in November, Keenan said he will call for cuts beginning this coming school year. He said that is the fiscally responsible thing to do.
“Our budget starts July 1,” he said.
A renewal of a 2.8-mill operating levy for Westlake Porter Public Library passed handily, 4,301 (70.0 percent) to 1,840 (30.0 percent).
In the Ward 2 City Council race, current Westlake Board of Education member Nate Cross and Nick Nunnari will advance to the general election. Nunnari’s second-place finish over former Bay Village Finance Director and current Westlake Civil Service Commission member Steve Presley is a bit of a surprise. Presley finished third, followed by Marie Novak and Brian Thompson.
Incumbent Ward 2 Councilman Jim Connole did not seek re-election.
Here were the Ward 2 vote numbers: NATE CROSS 374; NICK NUNNARI 324; Steve Presley 260; Marie Novak 95; Brian Thompson 81.
Vote numbers reflect unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.