June 26, 2016

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Contractor throws his work hat into House race

MEDINA — Chris Sawicki has announced he plans to run for House Speaker Bill Batchelder’s 69th District House seat.

Batchelder, 70, R-Medina, can’t run for re-election in 2014 because of term limits.

Chris Sawicki

The Medina resident said he’s always followed politics, but he finally got involved because he thinks there aren’t enough average working-class people serving in elected offices.

“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself sometimes,” he said.

Sawicki is a small business owner who does bathroom and kitchen remodeling.

He’s a contractor for Home Depot, and said that although he’s a political newcomer, he said he thinks that’s what voters want in a representative.

“You have all these career politicians and they’ve been involved in politics for 30 or 40 years, and they have no idea what people are looking for in a representative,” he said.

He said he made the announcement about running for office because Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley announced his intentions to run for the seat last month.

“I decided I should probably start early since I’m a no-name,” he said.

So far, he’s collected 102 signatures of the 150 needed to file to run for the seat.

If he files early next year, he will take on Hambley in the Republican primary on May 6.

Hambley has served as one of Medina County’s three commissioners since 1997. He also served two separate terms as a Brunswick city councilman.

Sawicki said he knows he’s up against a politician with name recognition, but said he still plans to fight hard in the primary.

“I’m not planning to go down easy,” he said. “I’m not planning to go down at all actually.”

Sawicki and his wife, April, live in a Forest Meadows home that they’ve worked to remodel.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or at lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.