March 30, 2015


ELECTION 2014: Early voting still popular


The number of voters casting early ballots already has surpassed last November’s turnout, but still has a way to go to exceed the total of early voters in 2010, the last time the governor’s post was up for election. Medina County Board of Elections said 11,814 votes were cast on machines at the Board of Read More…

Elisa Kazek challenges incumbent county Commissioner Adam Friedrick

Elisa Kazek (D) vs. Adam Friedrick (R)
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In the Nov. 4 election for Medina County commissioner, incumbent Republican Adam Friedrick is being challenged by Democrat Elisa Kazek, an art teacher from Spencer Township. Elisa Kazek Kazek, who’s taught art for 23 years, works at Marion C. Seltzer Elementary School in Cleveland. She teaches kindergartners through eighth-graders. She received a master’s in education Read More…

Kasich takes ride on ‘Christmas Story’ slide at Medina’s Castle Noel

Mark Klaus, owner of Castle Noel and his wife, Dana, help Gov. John Kasich down the slide from the movie “A Christmas Story” on Saturday afternoon during Kasich’s visit to Medina. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Gov. John Kasich stopped by Castle Noel in Medina on Saturday and visited with owner Mike Klaus and his wife, Dana. Kasich, a huge fan of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” purchased a replica of the Moose Mug belonging to Clark Griswold in the film. Kasich said the movie is one of his favorites and during his Read More…

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…