September 21, 2014

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Democrat Sherrod Brown defeats Josh Mandel for Senate seat

Sherrod Brown

COLUMBUS — Democrat Sherrod Brown won re-election to the U.S. Senate Tuesday night after one of the most expensive and closely watched match-ups in the country. Despite an onslaught of attacks from conservative outside groups, Brown topped Republican challenger Josh Mandel, the state treasurer and a U.S. Marine veteran who did two tours in Iraq. Read More…

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs wins re-election in 7th District

Bob Gibbs

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs won re-election in the remapped 7th House District, easily defeating political newcomer Joyce Healy-Abrams, a Democrat. Gibbs, a Republican from Lakeville, now represents Ohio’s 18th District, which was one of two Ohio districts eliminated when the congressional districts were redrawn following the 2000 census. Gibbs attributed his success to getting out Read More…

All 4 school levies fail in Medina County

Voters rejected all four school levies on the Medina County ballot Tuesday. Cloverleaf’s 6.9-mill emergency levy went down to defeat 5,279-4,626 — 52-to-48 percent, according to unofficial Board of Elections results. The levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $217 a year. The tax would have brought in $3.3 million a Read More…

Colleen Swedyk earns second term as Medina County recorder

Colleen Swedyk

Republican Colleen Swedyk won her second term as county recorder, easily best Democrat challenger Jill Bell in Tuesday’s elections, according to unofficial Board of Elections results. “I’m very excited,” said Swedyk, 48, of Hinckley Township. “I’m grateful to the voters of Medina County. I promise to keep serving them to the best of my ability.” Read More…

Brunswick electors approve 0.5 percent income-tax measure

Brunswick voters said yes to four more years of a 0.5 percent income tax expected to bring in about $4 million annually to the city. The income tax voters cast ballots for on Tuesday won’t go into effect until January of 2014, and it lasts for four more years, until December of 2017. Safety and Read More…

County voters OK Board of Developmental Disabilities levy

Medina County voters approved the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities levy by a healthy margin Tuesday. The levy is a 1.9-mill permanent replacement tax. Even though the millage is the same as the 1995 levy it replaces, it will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $30 a year, raising the total Read More…

Bryan C. Williams wins state Board of Education’s 5th District

Bryan C. Williams, the incumbent in the race for the state Board of Education’s 5th District, which includes Medina County, carried the race against two opponents. Williams, 47, of Fairlawn, was appointed in 2011. Running against him were Rich Javorek, 61, of Lafayette Township, who taught history in Brunswick schools for 35 years and now Read More…

It’s time to vote in Medina County, but where?

Medina County voters line up to cast an early ballot at the Medina County Board of Elections on Friday. Early voting continues 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Know where to vote on Tuesday? Don’t feel badly if you don’t. You’ve got plenty of company. More than 25,000 Medina County residents who were registered to vote in last November’s election have been assigned new polling places. For most of those voters, it will be their first visit. While most of the changes were Read More…

Candidates know their way around a courtroom

Clair Dickinson

Voters have two experienced candidates on the ballot in the race for 9th District Court of Appeals judge. Incumbent Clair Dickinson has served 12 years as judge, and has more than 30 years of experience as an attorney. His opponent, Jennifer Hensal, has 19 years of experience as an attorney, both in private practice and Read More…

Officials say disabilities board faces cuts without levy

MEDINA — Without passage of a replacement levy on Tuesday’s ballot, the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities will face “across-the-board and systemic cuts,” Superintendent Greg LaForme said. When the levy first was approved 17 years ago, the board served about 440 people, he said. Now it serves more than 1,100. “The levy revenues don’t Read More…