June 25, 2016

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Complaint dismissed against Medina County Democratic Party chair

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Elections Commission dismissed an ethics com­plaint Thursday filed by Wadsworth resi­dent Ed Powers against the Medina County Democratic Party chairwomen.

Phil Richter, executive director of the Ohio Elections Commission, said the panel deals mostly with false statements in cam­paign materials, and did not find probable cause that Pamela Miller, head of the Med­ina County Democratic Party, made false statements against Powers, Democratic candidate for the 97th Ohio House seat.





“That section of the Ohio Revised Code deals with whether false statements were made in campaign materials, and there was no such identification in any part of the statements that the complainant had issues with,” Richter said.

Powers filed an ethics complaint against Miller on Oct. 22 alleging she obstructed his campaign by removing his profile from the local Democratic Party’s website.

Miller has said she removed Power’s pro­file from the website, and his materials from the campaign office in Medina, because Powers publicly supported Republican Adam Friedrick over Democrat Bill Lamb in the race for Medina County commissioner.

Powers wrote letters to local newspapers criticizing Lamb and also had a sign sup­porting Friedrick in the yard of his Wadsworth home. Powers said despite the ruling, he was sticking to his campaign promise of “not toeing the party line.”

“Overall, I am happy because I’m still working on my campaign and I have pub­licly done what others wish to do, and that is to criticize Miller’s leadership as Democ­ratic chair,” he said.

Miller did not attend the hearing, nor did she send counsel to represent her.

“I fully expected that this would be the outcome,” she said. “They didn’t find prob­able cause because there wasn’t any wrongdoing.”

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.