Election turnout lighter

Odds and ends from last week …

Voter turnout on Tuesday, Election Day, was expected by board of elections directors in Trumbull and Mahoning counties to be low. It was.

In Trumbull County, the 24.5 percent turnout nearly reached the low end of director Kelly Pallante and deputy director Jodi Fiorenzo Dibble’s prediction of 25 to 30 percent.

In Mahoning County, even with a countywide ballot issue on, even with the mayoral race in Youngstown and even with the anti-fracking amendment to Youngstown’s charter on, turnout was underwhelming. Predicted to be as high as 38 percent, returns show it barely cracked 29 percent.

In Trumbull County, there was only two contested municipal races, the race for treasurer in Girard and for spots on the village council in Lordstown. There were multiple contested township trustees races – highlighted by races in Howland, Champion and seven-person race in Farmington – and plenty of board of education seats up for grabs, but nothing really to capture a large amount of voter interest.

There was no countywide ballot issue in Trumbull County or statewide issue that would attract people to the polls, ones did in 2011 with the vote on the repeal of Senate Bill 5 and in 2009 with the issue to legalize casino-type gambling in Ohio.

Michele Lapore-Hagan, wife of Democratic state Rep. Bob Hagan, of Youngstown, filed Thursday to run for the 58th District Ohio House seat held by her husband.

Lapore-Hagan, director of the performing arts series at Youngstown State University, is the first person to file at the board of elections for the seat, but she won’t be the last. The seat should generate a lot of interest.

For one, Youngstown 6th Ward Councilwoman Janet Tarpley said Friday that she plans to file for the opening on Tuesday.

Bob Hagan, who cannot run again because of term limits, has indicated an interest in running against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in 2016.

Marcus Aaron Scissum, aka Aaron McCord, who has called me at the Tribune and sent emails to the paper about running for governor of Ohio next year, probably won’t be.

Scissum or McCord (he once told me he went by the name Aaron McCord simply because he likes it more), 32, of Liberty, is headed to Georgia to face federal charges alleging he called CNN in Atlanta and posted messages on the network’s website threatening to place bombs at various locations on Sept. 11.

He is accused of making the threats in June. The last email he sent about coverage of a gubernatorial campaign was Oct. 7. It appears Scissum was indicted in Atlanta on Oct. 22, but the case wasn’t unsealed until Nov. 4.