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Falcone to Join Mays, Winter on Westlake School Board

Trio strongly beat out competition with 20 percent of the votes or more each.

Incumbents and will be joined by newcomer on the Westlake Board of Education next year, according to final unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Winter, school board vice president, came out on top at the end of the night with 23 percent of the vote, followed closely by Mays, school board president, with 22 percent and then Falcone with 20 percent.

Falcone, underwriting director at RLI Corp., is a graduate with three children in the Westlake schools. He, Mays and Winter supported each other, often using the slogan M-W-F, during the election.

Michelle Albert, Robert Bodi, Laurie Gettings and Geoffrey Rapp took between 7 and 11 percent of the 24,946 votes counted early Wednesday morning.

Candidate Votes Percentage Carol Winter 5752 23 percent Thomas Mays 5523 22 percent Anthony Falcone 5021 20 percent Robert Bodi 2704 11 percent Michelle Albert
2245 9 percent
Geoffrey Rapp 2040 8 percent Laurie Gettings 1661 7 percent
Tom Horwitz November 09, 2011 at 11:51 AM
Holy Democracy, Batman! It looks like a vote of confidence AND a mandate! Keep up the good work, Carol and Tom. Welcome aboard, Tony.
Michelle November 09, 2011 at 12:06 PM
It is unfortunate that one of the most immoral people I have ever met has been chosen to be on our SCHOOL board. My only regret is that I chose to use integrity and did not speak up about how one of my competitors and supporters treated myself and my family. It was a truly disgusting experience, and I am embarrased by Westlake's "voice."
Lori Sherman Jolliffe November 09, 2011 at 12:18 PM
Really? I think we all know that your husband has no problem speaking up. If there was any validity to your claim, I'm sure there would be a website with all of the details (and music, too!)
Westlake Resident-Joe Smith November 09, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Thank you Westlake!
Duane Gibson November 09, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Wow. With sour grapes like that, we should have wine by 12:30. You should be embarrassed by the voice of your husband.
Michelle November 09, 2011 at 01:18 PM
He wanted to speak up. But, he chose not to because he did not want to say anything negative about a candidate up for election. If you want validity to my claim, I can send you some of the emails and follow up documentation. People need to be careful about what they put in email, because you never know where it is going to end up. I do want to congratulate Tony on his victory. He is fair and decent, and I think he will be a good addition to our board.
Michelle November 09, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Hi Duane~ I am actually relieved this whole process is over. I am very disappointed in the name calling, the lies, the threats, and the attempt at intimidation by a competitor. I am not embarrassed by my campaign in anyway. I made decisions that I could sleep with because I have a strong moral character. My husband was called names in front of my children, which is absolutely pathetic. They missed soccer games because we did not want to subject them to that again. Duane, in many of your posts you have resulted to name calling. There is really no need for the nastiness that we experienced. Especially, when my children were around. And unfortunately, it was quite a nasty few that have embarrassed our community. The majority of the people I met were pleasant and polite.
Gail Golembiewski November 09, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Well said Lori...........
Gail Golembiewski November 09, 2011 at 02:14 PM
The election is over, things are as they should be now let's get back to what is important the education of our children, I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that my children will benefit from having the best teachers, and that these teachers get paid what they are worth.
Michelle November 09, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Hi Gail~ I would like to point out that Rapp and Gettings (the most "polite" candidates) got the least amount of votes. Also, I was just short of Bodi who did not have a website. So, you do not have any logic to your argument! Anyway, I'll see you in the PTA events!
Gail Golembiewski November 09, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Michelle ~ We are Hilliard Families and I would like to put the ugliness behind us...I hope we can get past this and work for Hilliard...I look forward to seeing you as well at events at the school, I am in charge of Fun Fair if you are interested....let's bury the hatchet.
Michelle November 09, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Sure Gail~ I was just not prepared for the nastiness and name calling from this campaign. While out canvassing alone, some man in an SUV with Winter May Falcone magnets followed me. I felt a bit threatened. At a polling location, an older gentleman flipped a fire fighter the bird. There is no reason for this. We have the right to disagree respectfully. I did not come out with anything during my campaign because I did not want to say anything negative about any candidate up for election. I wanted to stick to the issues. It is just a shame that others did not follow suit.
Duane Gibson November 10, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Michelle, I'll respectfully disagree with your comment that I resorted to name calling. I spent some time reviewing them and while I did point out inaccuracies and misinformation, name calling was not part of that. The point I was making is that your chances at success in the election was undermined by your husband which many view as a radical. The people spoke, let's move forward.
David Albert November 10, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Duane, Gail, Tom, and all MWF supporters, Congratulations on their victory. I do mean that and you should all be proud of the results. Duane, I would like to respectfully disagree that expecting proper decorum and an apology when one of our representatives makes a mistake be labeled "radical". My wife is correct in stating that I did not post the negative information because of her campaign. I would like to point out that I sat next to or near many MWF supporters and was polite or quiet to nearly all of them. The first set of women, at Hilliard, were extremely polite and respectful. I even helped one be fitted with her MWF sign (she was holding them and it is just easier to use the sign as a large necklace). I spent about an hour with Mr. Falcone, Tony's father. Mr. Falcone requested that I call him Tim, but I was raised to show respect and he understood. Tony was polite during the entire campaign and it is extremely obvious that he comes from great stock. If Mr. Falcone or Tony reads this know that it was a pleasure spending the time with you.
David Albert November 10, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Unfortunately, all individuals were not on their best behavior. My father, a 62-year old retiree of OPERS, was verbally confronted by the spouse of the competition. This escalated to the point where by Dad though a physical altercation was imminent. Happily cooler heads prevailed and apologizes were made. This altercation appears to have stemmed from this person’s dislike of BADRocco.com. Where I get confused is that this person and I have been at several events together, after the publishing of the site. This person has not approached me to say a single word; rather, this person argued with my Dad. My Dad is one of the most apolitical people that I know and was only supporting his son’s candidates which includes his daughter-in-law. This is the type of behavior that I detest and part of the reason that I started the website. I agree that we should all move on and I hope that the board is less confrontational; however, I also believe that we should all hold them accountable for the district. That does not mean that we should support or show dis-support for their actions. Rather we should all review as much information as possible and make our voices be heard to these representatives (and all other representatives).
David Albert November 10, 2011 at 01:26 PM
I would recommend that everyone email the board members and request that the meetings be held at a later time. I heard several people at the polling stations question why so many people do not attend the meetings. I did state that it is extremely hard for a working parent to make a 5:30 pm meeting on a Monday. The CAC and Council meet at 7:00pm. Pushing the meeting back to 7:00pm would allow greater access to the community. Having said that, congratulations to the MWF team and good luck with the next 4 years.
Jeff Tock November 10, 2011 at 01:47 PM
You should go public with them Michelle. The community needs to know. Bullying is a big issue at schools these days and this is pertinent. There is nothing wrong with vocal, spirited debate. It is wrong when people get nasty and vile in front of children or try to bully their opponents. We obviously have one on the board. It would be nice to know who else plays that way. I'm all for making all information public so the community can make informed decisions.
Jeff Tock November 10, 2011 at 02:03 PM
You aren't too bad a radical either Duane. Just in case you don't see my point, radical is in the eyes of the beholder. Passion and radicalism are not the same, although they can be misapplied.
David Albert November 11, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Lori, you make an excellent point and since I am no longer restrained by my wife's campaign, perhaps that is exactly what I will do. I have all of the emails and as you well know I am not afraid to shine a spotlight on this type of situation. I will talk to my wife about your idea. Given that she has been through quite a bit, I will want her to support this new endeavor that you have inspired. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for... you just might get it. The really cool thing is that I do not even have to start a new website. I could either post the information here or add a page to BADRocco.com. Thanks Lori, you are an inspiration.
David Albert November 11, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Lori almost forgot, if I do add the page to BADRocco.com, I will make sure that I reference yourself as the inspiration. Again thanks for the inspiration and visiting the site.

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