June 27, 2016

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Election ’08 endorsement editorials

For Medina County Commissioner: Stephen D. Hambley

When it comes to protecting Medina County’s interests in the regional economy, county Commissioner Stephen D. Hambley has stood up again and again for the rights and needs of his constituents. That alone is reason enough to endorse the three-term Republican incumbent over his Democratic challenger, three-term Wadsworth Councilman John Sharkey. Whether it’s fighting for Medina County’s share of transportation dollars or championing the successful effort to establish Ohio’s first countywide sales tax to fund permanent improvements for local public schools, Hambley has proved himself a force for positive change. On Tuesday, voters should send Hambley back to work on their behalf as a Medina County commissioner.

For Medina County Commissioner: Pat Geissman

Incumbent Republican Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman faces perhaps the strongest challenger any sitting commissioner has faced in recent years in Democrat Brian Feron. In this close contest, we give the edge to Geissman, now seeking her fifth term. Her record is one of concern for public health and safety, as well as restraint in spending. We appreciate Geissman’s willingness to ask questions about the cost of a proposed parking deck near the county courthouse complex, as well as her efforts on behalf of the Railroad Safety Task Force, which is working to put gates at 13 railroad crossings around the county. In these tight financial times, voters would be well served in returning Geissman to the Medina County Board of Commissioners on Election Day.

For Medina County Prosecutor: Dean Holman

Twenty years ago when we first endorsed Democrat Dean Holman for Medina County prosecutor, we said he was hungry for the job. From all appearances, that hunger has not abated. “I like trying cases, I like public service,” he said in a Gazette election story. “It’s very satisfying to help victims of crime.” Besides successfully prosecuting high-profile cases, such as the 12 men and women involved in a marijuana-growing operation in the Brunswick area, Holman established the Victim Assistance and Delinquent Real Estate Tax programs. Holman’s Republican opponent is Mario J. Russica, a former judge advocate in the Marine Corps and civil litigator and prosecutor in Florida. While Russica’s candidacy has merit, Holman has a proven record in Medina County and we endorse his re-election on Tuesday.