The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Election news

November 2, 2010

Moroski prevails in 3-way commissioner race

JEFFERSON — Seven months ago, when his Democratic fellow commissioners floated a plan to raise the county’s sales tax before taxpayers had a chance to vote on it, Republican Commissioner Joseph Moroski dug in and refused to give the board the unanimous vote required to implement the tax.

Tuesday, voters in Ashtabula County thanked Moroski for representing them in that and other matters during the past four years and gave him another term, his third, on the three-member board.

According to unofficial results, Moroski captured 55.51 percent of the vote in the three-way race, which also included Pymatuning Valley Democrat Tom Hunt and independent Bruce Thompson of Jefferson. Hunt came in second with 37.22 percent of the votes, while Thompson had 7.27 percent.

Moroski, who passed the time waiting for election results by walking Main Avenue in Ashtabula, said he felt the key issue of the campaign was his “willingness to listen to all the constituents and continue to work hard for the people of this county and, when necessary, break away and stand alone.”

This year was particularly challenging for Moroski, who battled cancer even as he stood alone on the sales-tax issue, which voters rejected in May. Moroski said “science, medicine, technology and prayer made the difference, and not necessarily in that order.” Moroski was pronounced cancer-free after undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. He never talked about not running for the third term, even when seriously ill.

Moroski, after learning that he won re-election to a third term, said he was going to go home, put a few pieces of wood in the stove, take the dogs for a walk, get some sleep and be back on the job this morning.

“I appreciate the people’s faith in me,” Moroski said. “I want to thank the voters again for having faith and confidence in me.”

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