CLEVELAND (WJW) — With Armond Budish not running for reelection, the Cuyahoga County Executive position was open for the first time since 2015.

Democrat Chris Ronayne and Republican Lee Weingart, who both say they have plans to improve the county, especially the much-maligned downtown Cleveland Cuyahoga County Jail, ran for the seat.

Ronayne led the race with 63.8 percent of the vote.

He posted to social media, “Thank you Cuyahoga County! I am truly humbled by your support and confidence in my vision for a New Cuyahoga. This is our chance build a better future for all of our residents. I’m ready to get to work- let’s do this!”

Here’s more about the candidates:

From 1995-1997, Weingart served as Cuyahoga County Commissioner and has been a long-time lobbyist. Ronayne on the other hand was president of University Circle Inc. for more than a decade and was also former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell’s chief of staff.

Both had said they planned to offer the county a fresh start, and have policies more in line with the political party they represent.

The executive position is relatively new, only introduced 12 years ago, following corruption in the county’s politics (ie: former commissioner Jimmy Dimora, former county auditor Frank Russo). Budish himself endured minor scandals, with state and federal agents raiding Cuyahoga County government headquarters in 2019 and a slew of inmate deaths at Cuyahoga County Jail.

One of the executive’s largest responsibilities is the Cuyahoga County Jail, and plans to move it to a new locale due to deplorable conditions have been put on hold.