June 30, 2016

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Ex-Brunswick mayor to face judge’s wife for Medina County judgeship

Former Brunswick mayor Gary Werner will face Democrat Joyce Kimbler in November for a Medina County common pleas judgeship.

Werner, 52, won a landslide victory for the Republican nomination at the polls Tuesday against Wadsworth attorney Michael Callow, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. Werner received 5,602 (63.6 percent) votes to Callow’s 3,206 (36.4 percent).

Joyce Kimbler

Joyce Kimbler

Gary Werner

Gary Werner

“I’m elated,” Werner said Tuesday evening. “You put in all this work and you don’t really know how you did until it’s all over.”

Werner thanked voters for helping him get this far and asked that they continue to support him as the race continues.

“This primary was a gift,” he said. “I’m pretty well known in Brunswick, but the primary gave me the opportunity to introduce myself to the rest of the county.”

Callow, 43, congratulated Werner, saying the race was a learning experience.

“We’re going to run again for another office probably,” Callow said. “I’ve always said good people need to step forward and run so good people can get elected.

“We need competent and experienced people to not only run our courts, but to serve the public.”

Callow said he looks forward to seeing the race between Werner and Kimbler.

Werner, who served as Brunswick’s mayor from 2010-13, will face Kimbler, who’s running to replace her 64-year-old husband as judge.

The former mayor graduated from the University of California with a bachelor’s in economics in 1991 and obtained his law degree in 1994 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Prior to serving as mayor, Werner spent 10 years in Brunswick politics as a councilman, vice mayor and member of the zoning appeals board. In addition, he’s worked as a civil attorney at a Beachwood law firm since 2004.

As mayor, he oversaw Brunswick’s Mayor’s Court, which handles lesser traffic and criminal offenses.

His experience with the law was similar to his opponent’s.

Callow has practiced law in Medina County for almost 11 years.

Callow obtained a law degree from the University of Akron in 1995 and runs a private general practice in Wadsworth.

In addition to practicing law, Callow is involved as a coach with Wadsworth youth sports and is a Sunday school teacher at St. George Church.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.