ASHTABULA — Democrat Calvin Crawford won the Ward 2 seat soon-to-be vacated by retiring City Councilman August Pugliese during Tuesday’s election.
Crawford bested Republican Earl Tucker in a 361 to 201 vote, according to the Ashtabula County Board of Election’s unofficial results.
Born and raised in Ward 2 on East 16th Street, Crawford, 46, has lived in the ward he will now represent all but two years of his life. He said he admires Pugliese and looks forward to representing his neighbors in Ward 2.
After graduating in 1991 from Harbor High School, Crawford attended Kent State University in Kent to study architecture. He then transferred to the KSU in Ashtabula where he studied mechanical engineering until starting to work in the chemical industry as a swing-shift chemical operator before moving to a dayshift chemical lab technician.
Tucker, also a Harbor High School graduate and chair of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board for the past 10 years.
Since 2008, Tucker has volunteered to serve as videographer at all City Council meetings and said he never misses an opportunity to sit in on pre-council meetings.