July 23, 2016

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Election results: 2 newcomers win at-large seats in Wadsworth

WADSWORTH — Two new faces, Bob Thurber and David L. Williams, will join incumbent Patricia Haskins as at-large members of Wadsworth City Council, according to unofficial final results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

Incumbent Councilman John Sharkey IV, 3rd Ward, and Councilman Bruce Darlington, 4th Ward, won re-election Tuesday in the only other contested races in the city.

Democrat Sharkey won his fourth term on Council, 333 votes to 208 votes, against newcomer Republican challenger Michael Robart.

“It wasn’t as much fun as last time, it was a closer race then,” Sharkey said of his last re-election campaign in 2011. Williams was his opponent in that race, too.

“It’s kind of like a football game, you like it to be at least a race,” Sharkey said.

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

Robart is the special projects supervisor for the Akron Municipal Clerk of Courts.

In the Ward 4 race, Darlington defeated Democratic challenger David Anderson 359 votes to 316 votes.

“I appreciate the voters have placed in me to serve another term on Council,” he said. “I want to keep Wadsworth the community you want to call home.”

In the contest for three at-large seats, Democratic incumbent Patricia A. Haskins won a second two-year term, coming in third in the voting. She edged out American Legion post commander Joe Rodgers by 140 votes — or 2 percent.

“I’m thrilled. I really enjoy being on Council and I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Wadsworth,” she said. “And I’m extremely grateful to all of the people in town who voted for me.”

She was appointed to fill out Gene Kovack’s term in 2009. During those four months, she ran for and lost the race for Ward 1 to Tim Eberling.

Haskins said wants to finish the renovation of High Street in the coming year, as well as revise the College Street Gateway zoning laws, which she said negatively impact residents.

Jeweler Thurber is the president of Downtown Wadsworth, a member and past president of the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board of the Salvation Army.

Thurber said economic development would be his priority. He could not be reached for comment late Tuesday night.

Thurber and car dealer Williams took the highest percentage of the votes, Thurber with 28 percent and Williams with more than 26 percent.

“I just want to thank the voters for their support and I’m ready to go to work for the citizens of Wadsworth,” Williams said.

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