January 30, 2015

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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

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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…

Auditor: Worker fired over ‘irate’ confrontation with staff in office

Mike Kovack

Katie Anderson and Nick Glunt | The Gazette Medina County Auditor Michael Kovack fired his information technology manager, Annette Ehrlich, charging her with coming to the office on Sept. 18 and harassing his staff. The pre-disciplinary notice sent to Ehrlich stated that “while on paid administrative leave you came to the offices of the Medina Read More…

Campaign advertorial in weekly newspaper misrepresents judge candidate

Yard signs for Medina County Juvenile and Probate Judge Kevin W. Dunn correctly use the words “elect” and “retain” because he was appointed to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn last year and this is Dunn’s first election. However, a campaign ad in the Brunswick Sun weekly newspaper stated he was seeking “re-election.” Dunn said the newspaper made the error and he has asked for a correction. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

BRUNSWICK — The Northeast Ohio Media Group has taken responsibility for a misleading campaign ad in a weekly newspaper urging voters to “re-elect” Medina County Judge Kevin W. Dunn. According to Ohio law, candidates may not use the word “re-elect” in their campaign materials if they were appointed to their positions. Dunn was named to Read More…