July 1, 2016

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Three Republicans move on to Wadsworth at-large election

WADSWORTH — Republicans David Williams, Bob Thurber and Joe Rodgers will face off against Democrat incumbent Patricia Haskins in the November election for three at-large seats on Wadsworth City Council.

The seats will go to the top three vote-getters in November.

David Williams

Williams, 58, who runs an auto dealership, won 531 of the 1,629 votes cast, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

“I never thought about winning,” he said. “I just worked hard every day.”

He said all the candidates were great for the job and he thanked the voters.

Williams said he plans to start campaigning right away for the November election.

“When I finish taking my signs down tonight, I’ll get a good night’s sleep,” he said Tuesday, “and the campaign begins again tomorrow.”

If elected, he said he wanted Wadsworth to be more inviting to businesses by making the city’s codes more “user-friendly.” [br]

Bob Thurber

Thurber, 54, who runs a jewelry store in Wadsworth, said he would work to grow the city’s economy if elected. He came in second with 468 votes.

He could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. [br]

Joe Rodgers

Rodgers, 71, a retired veteran who commands the Wadsworth American Legion, took third with 341 votes.

“If I win in November, I’m going to do my best to serve the voters,” he said.

If voters choose him in November, Rodgers said he plans to support the police and fire departments to avoid disasters like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

He ran on a platform of honesty, telling voters he’d make no promises because he didn’t yet know what he might change. [br]

Robert Titus, 52, lost out in the election, garnering only 289 votes.

“That’s OK, though,” Titus said. “There are three really good Republican candidates who are going to be going forward.”

Titus, who works for a Cleveland business development management company, said he wanted to focus his efforts on making downtown Wadsworth the place to be.

“I just want to thank the voters for getting out,” he said.

At-large Council members serve two-year terms.

Contact reporter 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.