Despite competitive race only 14.1% of registered voters go to polls in Ward 14
(Plain Press, January 2014) Brian Cummins squeaked out a victory over Brian Kazy by 19 votes in the Ward 14 City Council race, the City of Cleveland’s most competitive City Council race this year. Cummins managed to get 953 votes to Kazy’s 934. Interestingly 105 individuals cast ballots, but didn’t vote in the City Council race. Only 1,992 individuals, or 14.1% of the 14,101 registered voters in the ward, cast ballots on Election Day.
One can speculate as to why so few people in Ward 14 voted, or even if all the registered voters still live in the ward hit hard by foreclosures and demolished houses. However, the numbers show that the number of people casting ballots in Ward 14 is lower than nearby wards.
In Ward 15 where Councilman Matt Zone was running unopposed, he received more votes 2, 107 than both the candidates combined in the competitive Ward 14 race. The total number of voters casting ballots in Ward 15 was 2,867, with 760 individuals understandingly not voting in the one candidate council race.
In Ward 3, a total of 2,800 ballots were cast with Joe Cimperman receiving 1,881 votes, Carrie J. Kurutz receiving 752 votes, write in candidate Frank Giglio receiving 8 votes, and 159 voters choosing not to vote in the City Council race.
In Ward 11, a total of 2,881 ballots were cast with Dona Brady receiving 2,141 votes, Michael Masterson receiving 645 votes and 95 people casting ballots but choosing not to vote in the City Council race.
In Ward 12, a total of 2,926 people voted, with Anthony Bracatelli received 1,852 votes, Roz McAllister receiving 698 votes and 376 people casting ballots but choosing not to vote in the City Council race.
In Ward 13 (largely in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood) 3,982 people cast ballots, nearly twice as many as cast ballots in Ward 14. Kevin Kelley won the Council race with 2,425 votes, Joe Gigante received 1,403 votes, and 154 people that cast ballots chose not to vote in the City Council race.