July 24, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Commissioners Pat Geissman, Steve Hambley cruise to re-election

The two incumbent Republican county commissioners won re-election easily Tuesday.

Pat Geissman, 72, of Lodi, and Steve Hambley, 58, of Brunswick, have each kept their seats on the county Board of Commissioners, according to unofficial Board of Elections results.

Pat Geissman

“I feel like I’m a very lucky girl to have been re-elected for a sixth term,” said Geissman, 72, of Lodi. “I’m very pleased that the voters have felt confident enough to re-elect me.”

Hambley, 58, of Brunswick, echoed Geissman’s gratitude.

“I’m thankful to voters for re-electing me,” Hambley said. “If these people want me to keep representing them, I’m glad to do it.”

Their opponents both thanked the winners for clean, friendly races.

“I congratulate Mr. Hambley,” said Kazek, 50, of Spencer. “I hope he adopts some of my ideas and puts them into play.”

Kolesar, 39, of Medina, said he was disappointed, but not very surprised.

“I knew it was going to be a tough one going in,” Kolesar said. “(Geissman)’s been a commissioner for 20 years. I knew what I was getting into.”

Each commissioner makes a salary of $65,260.

Geissman has been a commissioner for a total of two decades, and Hambley has held his seat for 16 years.

Kolesar has served on Medina City Council for eight years, and Kazek is a teacher in Cleveland.

Geissman said she would work to keep businesses in the county and to attract new ones. Hambley said, he would focus on maintaining a balanced budget.

Contact Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.