September 20, 2014

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Wadsworth Republicans face off in Tuesday’s at-large primary

WADSWORTH — Four Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination for three at-large Wadsworth City Council seats in Tuesday’s primary.

Registered Republicans from all 15 precincts in the city will cast their votes May 7 for Joe Rodgers, Bob Thurber, Robert Titus or David Williams.

The top three vote-getters will join incumbent Democrat Patricia Haskins in moving on to the November ballot.

Haskins is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

The other two at-large seats are open because incumbent Republicans Beth Workman, 55, and Susan Hanlon, 57, decided not to run.

Council members serve two-year terms.

Rodgers

Joe Rodgers

Rodgers, 71, said he doesn’t want to make campaign promises because he’s not a councilman yet.

“I can’t say I’m going to go in thinking, ‘I’m going to make this change and that change,’ ” he said. “There are too many politicians who do that. How do you know what you’re going to do until you’re in there?”

Rodgers is the commander of the Wadsworth American Legion and has been president of Downtown Wadsworth, a nonprofit business organization. He’s also involved with the Salvation Army.

He has lived in Wadsworth for 28 years and is married. He has five adult children, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Thurber

Bob Thurber

Thurber, 54, said his main goal is to grow the city’s economy.

“If you can help careers and develop the economy, that’s something that’s definitely on my mind,” he said.

He said he’s heavily involved in the community, including the Chamber of Commerce, CrossRoads Community Church in Doylestown, the Salvation Army and Downtown Wadsworth.

“I can play well with others and I understand how business works,” he said. “I think those skills translate well into Council work.”

Thurber operates Thurber Jewelers in Wadsworth, where he’s lived for 28 years. He is married and has two adult children.

Titus

Bob Titus

Titus, 52, said he wants to focus on making downtown Wadsworth the place to go.

“I’d like to set up a business development plan to get some really nice businesses downtown — nice restaurants and shops,” he said. “I’d love to see more people there, walking around, communicating.”

He said he has the experience to make that happen, since he’s owned several small businesses and works for a Cleveland business development management company.

Titus has lived in Wadsworth for 21 years. He is married, has three adult children and one grandchild.

He’s involved with The Chapel church, the Chamber of Commerce and the Lion’s Club.

Williams

David Williams

Williams, 58, said he wants to invite businesses — any and all — to Wadsworth.

“That’s my No. 1 priority,” he said.

He said he’d do that by making the city’s codes more “user-friendly” so people are more willing to come.

More than anything, he said he wants to hear the public’s opinions, concerns and suggestions.

“You’re our boss,” he said. “It’s not what I want; it’s what the public wants.”

Williams, who is married, runs an auto dealership and has lived in Wadsworth for 19 years.

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