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Election 2013: Medina City Council Ward 1

MEDINA — The only contested city race in Tuesday’s election is for the Ward 1 seat on City Council.

Incumbent Brian Hilberg, who was appointed by Council members in March 2012, is running against Jay Smith.

Medina’s elections are nonpartisan.

Brian Hilberg
Hilberg, 45, the owner of Marie’s Cafe on Public Square, is married and has twin daughters.

He previously ran for an at-large position on Council in 2011 and lost.

Hilberg has served on the city’s Utility Rate Review Commission, Cemetery Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.

Hilberg said that if elected, he hopes to continue working to design and fund a new city pool with the hope that it is completed during his next term.

“I will also continue to work on programs that enhance and revitalize our neighborhoods, support legislation that promotes sound economic development, and continue to promote the nonpartisan team approach to dealing with our city’s issues,” he said.

Hilberg is a member of the Medina County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau as well as Main Street Medina, the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce and the Medina County Historical Society.

His campaign website is www.hilbergforcouncil.com.

Jay J. Smith
Smith, 27, is not new to city government, having served on several committees: the Uptown Park Advisory Committee and the Cemetery Commission for 2ᄑ years, and the Utility Rate Review Commission for 3ᄑ years.

He is unmarried and works as an area manager for Sandridge Food Corp. in Medina.

Smith has not held an elected office but ran for an at-large Council seat in 2009.

Smith said opening a new city pool was a top priority for Ward 1 as well, along with developing a solution for aging sidewalks and improving residents’ quality of life.

“It often seems like Ward 1 is an afterthought at City Hall,” he said. “While I am glad we now have a splash pad, let’s not forget it is two years late. I will work to ensure city projects are completed on time and that our ward is getting the focus it needs.”

He is a member of Main Street Medina, Friends of the Cemetery and ORMACO, and volunteers with Feeding Medina County. Smith also serves as secretary for the Medina County Democratic Party.

His campaign website is www.electjaysmith.com.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.