The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

November 7, 2013

Charter committee tight-lipped about loss

After losing Tuesday’s election by a vast majority of votes, the Committee for a New Ashtabula doesn’t want to talk about it.

Upon learning of the issue’s defeat Tuesday night, Dr. Robert Malinowski, committee spokesperson, said his group wasn’t going away. The Star Beacon contacted Malinowski Wednesday afternoon to discuss the group’s plans for the future; however, Malinowski declined a follow-up interview.

“No, we’re not going to do that,” he said. “We’re just going to leave our options open.”

Malinowski said committee members have not had a chance to get together yet to discuss their next step.

“There’s things we can do,” he said. “When we do them, we’ll let you know. We’ll just leave it at that.”

The committee replaced its Facebook profile picture, Wednesday, from a “Vote Yes on Issue 1” photo with one that states “Keep Calm Cause This is Just the Beginning.” The group’s Facebook page is also displaying a photo that says “We will be back 2014.”

The issue, that would have dramatically changed county government, went down by a 2 to 1 vote Tuesday. According to unofficial results from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections, 13,615, or 68 percent, voted against it. The issue only saw 6,590 votes in favor of it, or 32 percent.

Malinowski said Tuesday night, he felt the committee’s campaign efforts brought to light a lot of issues in the county’s government. Charter opponents argue that Ashtabula County government is functioning properly, with a good team of elected officials.

George Distel, who headed up the opposing committee, said the people of Ashtabula County have spoken loud and clear and they are not interested in changing county government.

“We have independently elected officials and that creates checks and balances and that’s important,” he said. “Regardless of their political affiliation, they are doing a good job.”

Distel said the biggest reason the issue got voted down was because voters were left with a lot of questions that the supporting committee could not provide answers for.

“A lot of things were unclear,” he said. “The voters are not stupid.”

1
Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'