Van Treuren Sets Record for Primary Votes in Lorain County Commissioner Election

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Candidate receives more primary votes than any Republican Lorain County Commissioner candidate in at least a decade

I absolutely love being an underdog. I love fighting for what’s right, no matter what the odds are.

Phil Van Treuren received more votes in the March 6 primary election than any Republican Lorain County Commissioner candidate in at least a decade.

And he did it without putting up a single yard sign.

“Our campaign conserved its resources in the primary and focused on grassroots efforts, door-to-door canvassing and social media,” Van Treuren said. “Our primary strategy worked much better than we had expected.”

Van Treuren’s campaign also broke a record for the amount of pre-primary money raised by a Republican candidate, and recruited more than 100 volunteers who have signed up to help in the general election.

Van Treuren will now face incumbent politician Ted Kalo in November.

In his own primary race against Berry Taylor, Kalo’s margin of victory was almost ten points less than in his last primary challenge. In the end, according to the Lorain County Board of Elections, both Van Treuren and Kalo ended up getting about 14,000 votes in the primary.

“It's the first time something like this has happened,” Van Treuren said. “Not only did Kalo get less support from his own party than ever before, but his general election opponent got about the same number of primary votes as he did.”

Still, Van Treuren calls himself “a clear underdog” in the general election.

“That’s a mantle I wear proudly,” Van Treuen said. “I absolutely love being an underdog. I love fighting for what’s right, no matter what the odds are.”

Van Treuren is already focused on reaching out to voters in communities across the map and in every political party. He said that he will kick off his general election campaign this week by mailing out introductory letters to more than 20,000 targeted Independent voters.

“Our campaign won’t be limited to Republican strongholds,” Van Treuren said. “We aren’t going to surrender cities like Lorain and Elyria to Mr. Kalo. We’re going to make him work for every single vote, even in his own backyard.”

Van Treuren, an Amherst city councilman, said that he has a record of working with the other side. He has been the top vote-getter in the heavily Democratic city for the last two election cycles.

“I’ve proven to my constituents that I’ll fight for them regardless of what political party they belong to,” he said. “I’m proud of my many Democrat and Independent supporters.”

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