June 30, 2016

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GOP’s John Burke wins bid for Medina County treasurer

Republican John Burke will begin his fifth term as county treasurer come September, after winning a hard-fought battle with Joan Heller, his Democrat challenger.

Burke, 59, of Medina Township, could not be reached for comment.

John Burke

Heller, 64, of Medina, said she wasn’t disappointed because she still had a good job and the support of her friends and family.

“It was an interesting journey,” Heller said, “and I wish Mr. Burke the best of luck in continuing to serve as the county’s treasurer.”

The race for county treasurer, a position with a $60,915 salary, was one of the most contested in the county.

Burke shot down attacks from the Medina County Democratic Party in late October. The Democrats, which started a “Bye Bye Burke” campaign, had been spreading “untruths” about Burke, his attorney said, including details about the bankruptcy and tax fraud of a business Burke owned.

It culminated in Burke’s attorney sending the Democrats a cease and desist letter.

Heller, whose salary is $50,024 as the county’s chief deputy auditor, has been named on 1,000 gas station labels as the auditor’s office inspected them this year.

County Auditor Michael Kovack said her name was put on them to divide workloads.

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.