BRUNSWICK –– The Medina County Democratic Party will have a more visible presence in the county for the next month leading up to the November general election.
An office space inside a former music store will serve as the temporary political headquarters for Democrats fighting to win at the polls in this heavily Republican area.
The office officially opened Tuesday.
Located at 1733 Pearl Road in Suite 104A in the Laurel Square Shopping Center, the large space holds yard signs and bumper stickers touting local and state Democrats that will appear on the ballot in Medina County as well as tables full of pamphlets. Party signs hang from the walls.
“As you can see, there’s a ton of energy here,” said Zach Maurin, campaign manager for Ken Harbaugh. “We want to make sure we’re showing up and want to make sure we’re opening up our doors. … We want this to be a hub of activities for the next 29 days.”
Harbaugh, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 7th District, is running against Republican Bob Gibbs.
The new office space is temporary for the election. The party opened an office in Medina during the last general election.
Maurin said the space will serve as a place to meet with volunteers and orgaize before heading into the community to talk to voters.
“I think that the biggest goal is just to talk to as many people as possible,” field organizer Matt Ducey said.
A few community members came out for Tuesday’s event and they have their own goals in mind.
“To get Democrats elected,” said Carol Gurney of Medina.
Ensuring the election of more Democratic candidates at the state level is her focus for this election.
“I just think that the moral value of the country has dropped,” Gurney said.
Others reiterated the sentiment.
“I was a Republican, I became a Democrat in the past few years because I see a lot of things that I don’t approve of,” said Medina resident Bar Boswell.
The Democrat push will be a hard one in Medina County, which traditionally votes Republican.
During the November 2016 general election, Medina County residents voted for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with a nearly 2-to-1 margin, giving roughly 60 percent or 54,807 votes to the GOP ticket. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine garnered 35 percent or 32,181 votes.
The Medina County Republican Party is located at 815 N. Court St. in Medina. For more information about volunteering, visit www.medinagop.org or call (330) 723-0415.