November 22, 2014


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…

State Rep. Hall faces veteran campaigner Riley in General Election

Riley vs. Hall
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Incumbent Republican state Rep. Dave Hall will face off against Democrat James E. Riley for the 70th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives on Nov. 4. Hall, 53, of Millersburg, is running for his fourth and last term because of term limits in the state Legislature. He first was elected in 2008 after Read More…

Dunn, Sheldon keep race for probate, juvenile judge respectable

David Sheldon vs. Kevin Dunn
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Two longtime Medina lawyers are vying for the robes and gavel to oversee Medina County’s probate and juvenile courts. Democrat David C. Sheldon is challenging incumbent Republican Kevin W. Dunn. Dunn was appointed to the bench in August 2013 to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn. The winner will serve a six-year term, hearing cases Read More…

Register by today to vote in Nov. 4 election

Today is the last day to register to vote in next month’s election. Early voting begins Tuesday. Voters statewide will decide races for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general and state auditor and treasurer, as well as two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court and one judge on the 9th District Court of Appeals. Also Read More…

Investigators reject coverup accusations in Medina County auditor case

Mike Kovack

Less than a month after the Medina county commissioners called for an investigation into county Auditor Mike Kovack, the employee who brought the accusations wrote an email to the state auditor, the Ohio Ethics Commission and the FBI calling the local investigation a sham. “I am asking for help to investigate this cover-up as our Read More…