Newburgh Hts: Candidate critical after heart attack

12:51 AM, Nov 9, 2011   |    comments
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NEWBURGH HEIGHTS -- In the race for Newburgh Heights mayor, one candidate wasn't just fighting for votes. He ended up fighting for his life.

Candidate Jerry Rohal collapsed from a heart attack while campaigning outside the village polling station Tuesday.

Mayoral candidate Trevor Elkins was fighting side by side with contender Rohal for every vote.

At 73 years old, Rohal has spent the last two years in a village council seat. He was the write-in candidate for mayor in this election.

Rohal was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center and revived. The ordeal put the mayoral race into perspective for all those involved.

"He's still our neighbor. Our prayers are with him and his family," challenger Elkins said. Elkins called 9-1-1.

This is not the first time a cardiac incident has impacted a Newburgh Heights mayoral election. In 2005, Paul Ruggles died of a heart attack just days after being elected to the post.

At last check Tuesday night, Rohal was listed in critical condition.
Trevor Elkins won the race for mayor. The final vote count was 279 votes to Rohal's 218. 


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