October 2, 2014

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Friedrick elected as Medina County commissioner

MEDINA — Adam Friedrick will take the seat on the Board of Medina County Commissioners that fellow Republican Sharon Ray is vacating at the end of the year.

According to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections, Friedrick received 35,393 votes (59.73 percent) in Tuesday’s general election. His opponent, Medina Democrat Bill Lamb, received 23,865 votes (40.27 percent).

Supporters of Medina County commissioner candidate Adam Friedrick, of Medina, gather Tuesday night at the Medina County Republican Party headquarters in Medina. From left are: Dillon Friedrick, 10, son of Adam Friedrick; Scott Ciupak, Friedrick's campaign manager; Douglas Curfman, volunteer with the county's Republican Party; and Matthew Clardy, 10, Dillon's best friend. According to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections, Friedrick won the race against Democrat William Lamb, also of Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

Supporters of Medina County commissioner candidate Adam Friedrick, of Medina, gather Tuesday night at the Medina County Republican Party headquarters in Medina. From left are: Dillon Friedrick, 10, son of Adam Friedrick; Scott Ciupak, Friedrick's campaign manager; Douglas Curfman, volunteer with the county's Republican Party; and Matthew Clardy, 10, Dillon's best friend. According to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections, Friedrick won the race against Democrat William Lamb, also of Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

Friedrick addressed a crowd at the Medina County Republicans’ campaign headquarters on Tuesday.

“The work starts now, and I hope I don’t disappoint,” he said.

He said he plans to meet with county officials in the coming weeks “to get up to speed on what’s going on.” He also said he wants to meet with local business leaders once he’s in office to see how jobs can be created in Medina County.

Reached Tuesday night by phone, Lamb said he was disappointed.

“There was one thing we talked about consistently that we couldn’t campaign against and that was … a Republican onslaught,” he said.

He noted Democrats didn’t fare well in any race in Medina County. However, he did better than other Democratic candidates.

Gov. Ted Strickland, for example, received only 37.69 percent of the vote in Medina County.

“I have a sense it wouldn’t have mattered here what we did. We had a great campaign. No question about it,” he said.

Lamb, a former Medina mayor, said he isn’t sure if he will run for office again.

“Never say never,” he said.

This will be Friedrick’s first time serving in elected office.

“I think it was an election cycle that favored me because people were looking for new blood. People were looking for someone who hasn’t held office before,” he said during the campaign.

Friedrick, a Medina resident, works as a plant manager at Beckett Gas in North Ridgeville. He said during the campaign he would keep working at the company if elected. Commissioners earn $65,620 a year.

He said Tuesday he would give “full time and full commitment” to both jobs.

“I’m going to give the county everything that the county needs. My employer’s been generous in offering me all the flexibility I need to do that. I’m going to be busy,” he said.

“I got to cut out all my fishing and my hunting,” he joked.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.