July 24, 2016

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GOP names Ray to elections board

The Medina County Republican Party Executive Committee has voted to appoint Sharon Ray to a full term on the Medina County Board of Elections, commencing in March.

Ray is chairwoman of the Medina County Republican Party Central Committee and is the county’s representative to the Republican State Central Committee.

The appointment will become official after ratification by Ohio Secretary of State John Husted.

“I am excited to have the opportunity serve the voters of Medina County and play a role in forward progress at our county Board of Elections.” Ray said. “I am humbled by the opportunity and look forward to the challenge.”

The other candidate for the appointment was Bill Heck, who is one of two Republican representatives on the Elections Board. Heck’s term ends in March and will be filled by Ray for a full term.

A third candidate, Jim Woods, withdrew his name from consideration to pursue an opportunity at the state level.

The unanimous vote to elect Ray to this position followed her recommendation by an committee that evaluated the candidates. County Republican Party Executive Committee Chairwoman Nancy Abbott said Ray is the right choice for the job.

“Sharon will be able to hit the ground running when she assumes the position on the Board of Elections in March,” Abbot said. “She will bring her budgeting experience as a county commissioner to this new role as well as her knowledge of the election process from her involvement in past campaigns.”

The second GOP seat on the board was filled last month by Larry E. Cray, 72, of Harrisville Township. The Republican Executive Committee named Cray to replace Teresa Cotman, who resigned from the board Nov. 22 for personal reasons.

Ray is a lifetime Republican and has held a number of positions, both elected and appointed.

Ray served as county commissioner from 2003 until 2010 and served on Wadsworth City Council from 1992-97.

She has been involved in the campaign of many elected officials, including Gov. John Kasich, House Speaker William G. Batchelder III and county Commissioner Steve Hambley. In October, she became the first female chairwoman of the county Republican Party Executive Committee, having served as first vice chair until her election as Central Committee chairwoman in 2013.

Ray is employed as Community Service Director at Wadsworth Municipal Court.