July 2, 2015

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Board of Elections to certify charter issue at Monday meeting

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The Medina County Board of Elections will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. Monday to certify a proposed ballot initiative from the group called Sustainable Medina County. The group collected 5,600 signatures for a countywide ballot initiative that would create a county charter. The signatures were presented to the board last week. If approved Read More…

Medina Council members plan to run in November to keep seats

Medina At-large Councilman Bill Lamb addresses supporters as he announces his intention to run for re-election Monday afternoon on West Friendship Street. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Candidates who want to run for Medina City Council have until Aug. 5 to file petitions with the Medina County Board of Elections. Council seats up for election include president, wards 2 and 4 and one at-large seat currently held by Bill Lamb. Lamb announced his intention to run for re-election Monday during a press Read More…

Group petitions Board of Elections to put charter issue on ballot

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A local group presented 5,600 Medina County signatures to the county Board of Elections on Thursday in the hope of getting a county charter issue on the November ballot. If approved by popular vote, the county charter — which includes a community bill of rights — would give county residents the ability to vote on Read More…

Marian Coffey named deputy director of Medina County Board of Elections

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A 15-year veteran at the Medina County Board of Elections has been appointed to serve as the board’s new deputy director. Marian Coffey will assume the new position on Aug. 1, replacing Carol Gurney, who offered her resignation in March. When she resigned, Gurney told the board she wanted to allow time to obtain a Read More…

Brunswick at-large election could change as panel suggests reverting to old way

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Brunswick voters most likely will decide once again how races for City Council’s three at-large seats are decided. The Charter Review Commission has recommended that at-large candidates file to run in an open primary race. The top six vote-getters would make it to the November ballot. Now, candidates seeking office must file for a specific Read More…

Medina County eyes funding options after failure of social services levy

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Medina County commissioners say they face limited options after the 0.8-mill combined social services levy was rejected in the 2015 primary election last week. During this week’s meeting, commissioners discussed whether to try a ballot issue again, try for a sales tax increase or make budget cuts. The levy, which was Issue 10 on the Read More…

Second marijuana legalization effort clears first step to Ohio ballot

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COLUMBUS — A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana and hemp in Ohio has cleared the first step on the path to making the ballot. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says it certified Thursday that the group Better for Ohio provided a fair and truthful summary of the proposal and had 1,000 required signatures for Read More…

2015 PRIMARY: Unofficial results

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Voters across Medina County cast ballots on Tuesday. According to the Medina County Board of Elections, 7.97 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. Candidates Wadsworth Republican Primary Mayor Robin Laubaugh 706 Law Director Norman E. Brague 752 Auditor Catherine Fix 705 City Council President Susan C. Hanlon 300 Thomas E. Palecek 610 Council-at-large (three Read More…

2015 PRIMARY: Social services levy defeated

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Medina County voters on Tuesday rejected a countywide 0.8-mill levy for social services. The levy, Issue 10 on the ballot, was rejected 5,615 votes to 4,098, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. “I was a little surprised,” said Mike Jenks, director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board. Read More…

2015 PRIMARY: Palecek to remain Council president in Wadsworth

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Tom Palecek will serve as Wadsworth City Council president for another two years, making this his seventh term on the Council and fifth as president. He won Tuesday’s Republican primary by 310 votes, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. He is unopposed in November. “I’m very grateful to the people Read More…