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Election 2017: A guide to today's ballot in Medina County



Voters Nov. 7 will decide several city and village council races, bond issues for Brunswick and Highland schools and a new fire station in Westfield Township/Westfield Center, plus various township trustee and school board races. Following are links to The Gazette’s election coverage.

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Hinckley fire/EMS, Homer requests, Lafayette police, Litchfield requests, Lodi expenses, Medina Township safety services, Spencer expenses, Seville/Guilford fire, Westfield safety services building and Brunswick charter amendment

Brunswick Hills Township trustees

Two Brunswick Hills Township trustees seeking re-election are being challenged by three candidates for their seat.

Incumbents Michael A. Esber and Christina Kusnerak are facing Adam Gajewski, Edward T. Kelly and Nancy F. Toll.

Brunswick Council

Six candidates are seeking three at-large seats on Brunswick City Council in the Nov. 7 election. Incumbents Patricia Hanek, Brian K. Ousley and Alex Johnson are being challenged by Dan Geyer, Joseph P. Delsanter, a former city councilman, and Jim Nabors.

Brunswick school board

Five candidates are vying for two open seats on the Brunswick Board of Education. Incumbents Grant Relic and Tammy S. Schebek are being challenged by Tina Dame, Philip D. Frate and Mary A. Weinhauer.

Buckeye school board

Two candidates are challenging three incumbents for their seats on the Buckeye Board of Education. Incumbents Kenneth R. Barco, Kim Cecelich and Jon Stahl are running for re-election, while newcomers Richard E. Lutton and Denise K. Piovarchy are seeking a spot on the board.

Chatham Township trustees

Chatham Township voters on Nov. 7 will decide two trustee races, one for an unexpired term and the other for a full four-year term. They also will determine who will take care of fiscal matters.

Incumbents Russ Arters and Rick Dumperth are running to retain their trustee seats and are being challenged by Joe Aungst.

Samuel Brown and Denise Gumbita hope to complete the unexpired term of Trustee Susanne Jurkowski, who was appointed to her seat in 2016 following the death of former Trustee Charles Siman. She decided not to run this year to complete the term.

Rita Brown and Sarah A. Poling are running for the unexpired term of former fiscal officer Susan Arters. Trustees appointed Poling to the position last year following Arters’ resignation.

Cloverleaf school board

Five candidates are competing in the Nov. 7 election for three seats, each four-year terms, on the Cloverleaf Board of Education.

Incumbents Jason Myers, Jane Rych and Michael Maloney face challenges from former board member James Curran and Ryan Hunger.

Guilford Township trustees

Five candidates are running for two open trustee seats in Guilford Township: Dan Bock, self-employed in farming and construction; incumbent Trustee Steven K. Fulton; Gene Morris, owner of Jarvis Septic and Drain; Jonathan Strong, a self-employed business owner; and Seville-Guilford fire chief and restaurateur Jerry Winkler.

Harrisville Township trustees

Five challengers — Frederick Geissman, Michael S. Gray, Richard Gray Sr., Michael Klinect and Brian Ritchie — and incumbent Thomas L. Packard are running Nov. 7 for two seats on the Harrisville Township Board of Trustees. Terms are four years.

Hinckley Township trustees

Two current trustees have withdrawn from the Nov. 7 race, leaving only one incumbent vying for his seat and three others seeking a spot on the Hinckley Township Board of Trustees.

Trustees David J. Sambor and Melissa A. Augustine recently announced they no will longer seek re-election.

Augustine's withdrawal means that challenger Becky Chattin Lutzko will run unopposed for the unexpired two-year term, ending Dec. 31, 2019.

Jim Burns, Scott Harrison, Chuck Ricco and incumbent Raymond Schulte are running for two open seats. Martha Catherwood is the only candidate running for fiscal officer, an unexpired term ending March 31, 2020.

Homer Township trustees

Two challengers — Bryan A. Thomas and M. Tommy Trout — are seeking to unseat Bryan E. Rose on the Homer Township Board of Trustees and win the second open seat on Nov. 7. Terms are four years.

Litchfield Township trustees

Incumbent Dennis Horvath and four newcomers — Daniel Ankney, Daniel Dangelo, Charles Reynolds and Mike Setser — are seeking to fill two trustee seats, each four-year terms, in Litchfield Township.

Liverpool Township trustees

Michael A. Micham is challenging incumbents Jim Crocker and Paul Schaefer for the seats on the Liverpool Township Board of Trustees.

Lodi Village Council

Four incumbents are running Nov. 7 to retain their seats on Lodi Village Council — Patricia A. Graham, Letha Mapes, Patricia May and Cecelia Sivard. They are being challenged by Robbin Figura, Randy L. Jameyson and Jennifer Ridenour.

Medina City Council

Five city positions are on the Nov. 7 ballot in Medina, but only one race is contested. Three people are running in Ward 1 for a seat on City Council — incumbent Brian Hilberg and challengers Kevin Consiglio and Laura Parnell.

Paul Rose is running for re-election as a councilman at-large, and Mark Kolesar is unopposed for his Ward 3 seat.

Dennis Hanwell is running unopposed for mayor, as is Keith Dirham for finance director.

Medina Municipal Court

For the first time in more than 30 years, there will be a new face behind the bench as Medina Municipal Court judge.

Dale H. Chase isn’t seeking re-election to a sixth term Nov. 7. He was first elected in 1987. Chase was re-elected four times, most recently in 2011. There are three candidates running for the vacant position: independent Bob Campbell, Democrat J.R. Russell and Republican Gary Werner.

Medina school board

There will be at least one new face on the Medina Board of Education.

Board member Tom Cahalan is not running for re-election when his term expires Dec. 31. His decision means there will be three seats to fill in the Nov. 7 election.

Incumbents Rob Skidmore and Rebecca Parkhurst are running for re-election, along with newcomers Matthew Collins, Valerie Pavlik and Melissa Malone. Collins, a teacher in Parma, is the youngest candidate at 29.

Malone, owner of The Book Store just off Public Square, is a former teacher at the Medina County Career Center. Pavlik, a stay-at-home mom, has been quite active in the Parent Teacher Organization and was a small business owner.

Cahalan spent almost five years on the board. He said he wanted to give someone else the opportunity to serve on the board.

Medina Township trustees

One incumbent and three challengers are vying for two trustee seats, each four-year terms, in Medina Township.

William Ostmann is looking to retain his spot on the board, while Mark Radice, Michael D. Stopa and Jimmy Traynor are competing for a seat.

Trustee Ray Jarrett withdrew from the race in August. He is in the last year of his second term as trustee.

Rittman City Council

Four candidates are running for three seats on Rittman City Council. They are incumbent Rick P. Hanlon and challengers Joshua Carey, Philip M. Decker and Leah A. Weirick. Hanlon and Weirick did not respond to a written request for information.

Sharon Township trustees

One incumbent is looking to retain her trustee seat, while six newcomers (all write-in candidates) are looking for a spot on the board in Sharon Township. The race does not include 36-year trustee veteran Raymond Lurtz, who is retiring. His term expires Dec. 31.

“I’ve given 41 years to Sharon,” Lurtz said, noting he’s served as a fireman, zoning inspector and trustee during his tenure. “My wife and I are very fortunate to be able to travel around the world and we’re going to continue to travel.”

Running for two trustee seats are incumbent Kimberly Bolas Miller and newcomers Jim Berry, Joe Canestraro, Donald Hammond, James Sherman, F. Jeffrey Stroup and John Winland.

Spencer Township trustees

Two incumbents are looking to retain their seat as a Spencer Township trustee while one challenger is vying for a position on the board.

Tony R. Ramey is running against incumbents Gary Flegel and Dale L. Jaycox in the Nov. 7 election for a four-year term.

Wadsworth City Council

Several city positions are on the Nov. 7 ballot in Wadsworth, but only two races are contested.

Summer Costanzo, a Democrat, is challenging Republican incumbent Robert D. Titus for the Ward 2 seat on City Council. In Ward 3, Republican Joseph Magnacca is challenging Democrat incumbent Lee R. Potts. All other incumbents are unopposed: Ralph J. Copley, Ward 1; Bruce Darlington, Ward 4; Patricia Haskins, Thomas Stugmyer and David Williams, at-large; Bob L. Thurber, council president, and Lisa Jones, treasurer.

Wadsworth school board

Six candidates are seeking three seats on the Wadsworth Board of Education in the Nov. 7 election. Incumbents Julie Batey and Amanda E. Gordon are being challenged by Chantelle Eggleton, Gary McComas, Bill Neiser and Natalie Sydorenko.

Westfield Township trustees

Three candidates — incumbent Michael W. Schmidt, Joseph E. Doty and Craig Horner — are seeking two seats on the Westfield Township Board of Trustees in November.

Assistant fiscal officer Teresa M. Haendiges is running unopposed to fulfill the unexpired term of Fiscal Officer Martha Evans, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Westfield Center Village Council

Five candidates are seeking one of four available four-year terms on Westfield Center Village Council. Richard Robbs and Kevin A. Rych and challenging incumbents Terence D. Bittner, Darryl A. Chidsey and Gregory A. Oakes.

York Township trustees

Four candidates are running for two seats on the York Township Board of Trustees: incumbent Richard M. Monroe Sr. and newcomers Paul L. Gierosky, Mike Russo and Todd A. Zieja.

Trustee Colene Conley, a 28-year trustee, is not seeking re-election to another four-year term.

Absentee, early voting

Medina County voters will determine the outcome of 17 tax issues in the General Election this year, seven of which are requests for additional money.

Voters across Ohio will decide 1,517 local issues.

Visit for information on the two statewide ballot issues before voters.

Issue 1, a constitutional amendment, calls for giving crime victims and their families the same rights as the accused.

Issue 2, a citizen-initiated statute, requires Ohio to align the prices it pays for drugs to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which receives deep discounts.

Early absentee voting is underway. To request an absentee ballot, to find out your voting location or to see issues and candidates on the Nov. 7 ballot, visit

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 6 or brought in person by the close of polls 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

Voters also can come to the board of elections office, 3800 Stonegate Drive, Suite C, Medina Township, to cast their vote early. The office will be open:;

  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Oct. 30-Nov. 3;
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4;
  • 1-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5;
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6;

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7 — polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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