July 23, 2016

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Election 2013: Wadsworth City Council Ward 3

WADSWORTH — John J. Sharkey IV is one of only two Democrats on Wadsworth City Council and the only one representing one of the city’s three wards.

Sharkey is seeking his fourth term as the Ward 3 councilman in Tuesday’s election, where he is being challenged by Republican Michael Robart.

John J. Sharkey IV

Sharkey is an instructional aide at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, teaching building maintenance and property management.

He was a member of the Wadsworth Fire Department for 21 years as a firefighter and underwater rescue diver.

He also served Wadsworth EMS for 20 years as a supervisor.

A past member of the Lions Club and Wadsworth Jaycees, he also serves on the Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival Committee.

If re-elected, Sharkey said he wants to work toward completion of the Safe Way to School project by seeking federal grant money, along with several capital projects: improving the intersection at Silvercreek Road and Broad Street, upgrading the South End business district, especially fire station No. 2, and improving visibility at railroad crossings.

Sharkey said Ward 3 has been the fastest-growing ward in the city, residentially and commercially, with more than $140 million worth of commercial improvement.

“I think I’ve done a good job of keeping Ward 3 on track and I’m still looking to do better,” he said.

During his tenure on Council, the city has acquired a new high school, field and track, senior center, junior high school, local television station WCTV, the Summa Center, Wadsworth Library, and the YMCA with three indoor and two outdoor pools.

Michael Robart

Robart is the special project supervisor for the Akron municipal clerk of courts, and works with the nonprofit Society for Creative Anachronism — described as an international living history group with the aim of studying and recreating mainly medieval European cultures and their histories before the 17th century — for which he serves as chapter president for Wayne and Medina counties.

Robart previously ran for Summit County Council.

He said he wants to see Wadsworth grow, but wants to do so responsibly.

“I think we need to keep a close eye on development,” he said. “It’s something you have to keep encouraging but you have to keep an eye on it; otherwise, you end up with half-finished developments.”

“Another thing I think Wadsworth could improve on is snow removal.”

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.