MEDINA TWP. — Despite a bumpy road to Election Day, Republican David Wadsworth kept his seat as Medina County clerk of courts, defeating Medina attorney Maryann Chandler, according to unofficial board of elections results.
“I think the voters of Medina County saw through the negative campaign,” Wadsworth said.
The clerk of courts race was one of the hardest fought in Medina County.
Wadsworth, who was appointed in early 2011 by the Medina County Republican Party, overcame criticism from members of his own party.
In October, Wadsworth’s Republican predecessor, Kathy Fortney, who served nearly 20 years as clerk, publicly blasted Wadsworth’s job performance and accused him of politicizing the clerk’s office.
In late October, Chandler released an email she discovered through a public records request that showed county Finance Director Scott Miller, a registered Republican, asked Wadsworth to stop claiming he saved voters $200,000.
“At no time have I verified your statement about the $200,000,” Miller wrote in the email to Wadsworth. “In fact, I’ve corrected your statement on numerous occasions.”
Wadsworth argued he was justified using the word “savings” because he came in $181,000 under budget at the end of 2011.
“We ran a positive campaign and focused on running a fair campaign,” he said. “I’m looking forward to serving the people of Medina County for the next four years.”
Wadsworth, who served as a councilman in Brunswick before being appointed as clerk of courts, said the race was his first countywide campaign.
“I want to thank the elected officials in my party,” Wadsworth said. “It was great to have those people to count on for guidance.”
Chandler, who said the race was her first for public office, said she was pleased to get local support.
“My family and I prayed that I would end up where I am needed most,” she said. “I am blessed to have a thriving law practice and gladly return to it full time on Nov. 7.”
Chandler said she enjoyed the campaign process, and was disappointed to have not succeeded.
“Meeting county residents and hearing their opinions and concerns was the part of campaigning I liked best,” she said. “My only regret is that I did not have time to meet more of them.”
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