December 22, 2014

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Challenger Pete Crossland blasts U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci’s record

Pete Crossland (D) vs. Jim Renacci (R)

Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, is seeking a third term in the U.S. House in November and faces a challenge from former state Rep. Pete Crossland, D-Copley Township, in Summit County. Renacci, 55, first was elected to the 16th District House seat in 2010 after serving a term as mayor of Wadsworth. The district, which was redrawn Read More…

Gov. Kasich campaigns in Medina with less than month before election

Gov. John Kasich hugs Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder, of Medina, at Medina County GOP headquarters on Highland Court in Medina on Saturday afternoon. Kasich thanked everyone for volunteering to help with his campaign and encouraged them to keep working hard until the Nov. 4 election. (LOREN GENSON)

Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor stopped by Medina County’s GOP headquarters on Saturday in Medina to encourage volunteers to keep motivated with less than 25 days left until the Nov. 4 election. “We have to win big,” Taylor said as she introduced Kasich. “You can count on us to do our part Read More…

Gov. John Kasich to visit Medina GOP office Saturday

John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich will visit campaign workers at the Republican Headquarters in Medina on Saturday afternoon. Kasich will be joined by Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, and the two are set to arrive around 1:15 p.m. at the office at 799 Highland Court. Medina County Republican Party Chair Nancy Abbott said campaign volunteers will be knocking Read More…

Voting machines prepped, tested for November election


Jack Johnson helps to make sure your vote counts. As an information technology administrator for the Medina County Board of Elections, Johnson is in charge of making sure the more than 700 voting machines are running properly for the Nov. 4 election. “We have teams of people (who check the machines),” Johnson said. “Every one of Read More…

Early voters cast their ballots, candidates campaign to early risers

Tim McGoldrick, 30, of Medina, votes early Thursday at the Medina County Board of Elections. McGoldrick said he votes early for the convenience. “There are no lines, it’s in my backyard, and it is not as crowded as Election Day,” he said. Through three days of early voting, more than 10,000 ballots have been cast. Of those, 342 have been through walk-in votes, Board of Elections Director Carol A. Lawler said. Residents can vote 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Tuesday through Friday next week at the elections board, 3800 Stonegate Drive, Medina Township. The office will be closed Monday for Columbus Day. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Local and state candidates came out before the sun came up Thursday morning to meet with members of the Kiwanis Breakfast Club at Medina Hospital. The only state candidate to attend the breakfast was Rep. Tom Letson, of Warren, who serves Ohio’s 64th District. Letson, a Democrat, is seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Sharon Kennedy, Read More…

Who will replace Rep. Bill Batchelder: Hambley, Javorek or Depew?

William Batchelder

A retired educator and a county commissioner hope to succeed state Rep. Bill Batchelder, R-Medina, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits. Republican Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley, of Brunswick, and retired Brunswick teacher Richard Javorek, of Chippewa Lake, a Democrat, won their primaries this spring for the 69th District House seat. Gregg Depew, Read More…

Auditor Mike Kovack, challenger Keith Dirham campaign on experience

Mike Kovack (D) vs. Keith Dirham (R)
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In the Nov. 4 election for Medina County auditor, incumbent Mike Kovack is being challenged by Keith H. Dirham, finance director for the city of Medina. Kovack, a Democrat, has held the job for six straight terms. He was appointed in 1993 and won the last five elections — the last two unopposed. Dirham, his Read More…

Common Core center of race for Ohio Board of Education seat

School board 2x2

Medina business owner Chris Sawicki promises to shake things up on the state Board of Education if he is elected next month to the 5th District seat. Sawicki, 35, is challenging incumbent Brad Lamb, 40, of Westlake, who was appointed to the board in April by Gov. John Kasich. The two other candidates on the Read More…

Judge’s wife, ex-mayor vie for Medina County Common Pleas bench

Joyce Kimbler vs. Gary Werner
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A seat on the Medina County Common Pleas bench could be filled by either a retiring judge’s wife or the former mayor of the county’s largest city. Joyce V. Kimbler and Gary F. Werner are battling for the seat left open by the retirement of Judge James L. Kimbler at the end of the year. Read More…

Bob Gibbs unopposed for re-election to U.S. House

Bob Gibbs

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs doesn’t have an opponent on the November ballot, but he’s back in his 7th Congressional District this fall talking and listening to voters. “I’ve been hearing a lot from my constituents about the ISIS threat,” he said. Gibbs, a Republican from Lakeville in Holmes County, said he supports President Barack Obama’s Read More…