July 2, 2016

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Speaker Batchelder supports Hambley for state representative

MEDINA — Medina County Commissioner Stephen D. Hambley held a fundraiser Monday that took in about $5,000 for his campaign to succeed House Speaker William G. Batchelder as the representative for the 69th District.

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

Steve Hambley

Steve Hambley

Hambley filed his petitions Monday with the county Board of Elections to run in the May 6 Republican primary.

Hambley kicked off his campaign in the morning with the fundraiser at Miss Molly’s Tea Room, 140 W. Washington St.

More than 40 supporters attended, including Batchelder, state Rep. Dave Hall, R-Millersburg, and state Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township.

One other Republican so far has filed to run for the 69th District seat — Chris Sawicki, of Medina, a Home Depot contractor.

The deadline to file for the primary is Wednesday.

Both Sawicki and Hambley said they wanted to campaign on issues rather than personalities.

“I don’t plan on making my campaign about bashing him by any means,” Sawicki said. “I think we should be focusing on what we’re gong to do to better the 69th District and the state of Ohio as a whole.”

Hambley also said he wants the focus on the issues, especially job creation and local education.

His campaign’s website promises a “no mudslinging Facebook policy.”

“Any Facebook post that is considered to be derogatory, demeaning and denigrating … will not be shared, liked or commented upon and will be removed,” the statement says. “Discussions about laws, proposed laws and public policies are permitted and encouraged, provided comments do not involve personal attacks about the character, morals or motives of persons, candidates or parties. Any Facebook ‘friend’ violating this policy on this Facebook page will be ‘unfriended.’ ”

Hambley said: “I may have fewer friends on Facebook at the end of it, but you just don’t want to have people taking it down to the personal level like that.”

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