Election Day Round-Up of Suburban Campaign Shenanigans

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Happy Election Day! With the noise level up to 11 regarding Issue 2 and other statewide initiatives, plus the rack of needed-now-more-than-ever school levies on the ballot grabbing most of the attention, we almost completely forgot about the most entertaining aspect of the political season: the candidates, those special personalities that for the better part of a year have been rutting around for your vote.

And as you already know, from the sidelines here, the best part of politics is when things go dirty. Accusations, smear jobs, mis-fired info — it all adds up to a circus that here in Cuyahoga County we've perfected into fine art.

But surprisingly this time around, the nastiest elections seem to have sprung up in the unlikeliest of places, small leafy suburban towns where you'd think politics was more about gripping and grinning at the backyard chilli cook-off than slamming the other guy. Now that we've almost got the election season in the rear-view mirror, lets run through some of the more ridiculous examples of small change pols behaving badly.

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