Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, a Democrat, defeated Republican opponent Peter Corrigan for a second term in the position in the Nov. 6 election.
Budish, a member of Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights and Pepper Pike, received 307,624 votes (67.1 percent) to Corrigan’s 150,747 votes (32.9 percent), according to final, unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
“I’m here to thank you tonight,” he said in an acceptance speech during an election party at Windows on the River in Cleveland. “We’ve been doing some great things in Cuyahoga County. Our goal has been to lift people up no matter where they live, no matter their ZIP code, no matter their background. We want people to succeed in Cuyahoga County and we’ve been doing a whole lot of things to get there.”
In Cuyahoga County, the county executive is responsible for the appointment and removal of county personnel, introducing legislation to city council, and submitting budgets to council, among other duties.
Budish, a Beachwood resident, told the Cleveland Jewish News he’s thankful for the support from the local Jewish community.
“The Jewish community has been great, I can’t say enough,” he said. “I have had a lot of involvement with the Jewish community over my career. I’ve made a lot of good friends and my friends have been wonderful supporters of my political efforts, I truly appreciate it.”
In his victory speech, he also highlighted job creation, job training and the economy. He also spoke about the county legislation passed in September to make it illegal for businesses to discriminate against any person based on their sexual orientation or gender.
“We recently passed legislation in the county that says that no one can be denied a job or housing just because they are gay or lesbian, (or) LGBTQ. Everyone should be protected for their civil rights in Cuyahoga County,” he said.