MEDINA TWP. — A quiet primary with just one contested race in the county is what Medina County residents will get on May 7.
Brunswick Councilman Joe Salzgeber, Ward 3, who in January was named Medina County recorder, is facing opposition against two candidates, Andrea Rodriguez and Frank A. Raso.
When reached Wednesday night — just a few hours after the 4 p.m. deadline to submit petitions to the Medina County Board of Elections — Salzgeber said his decision to run for re-election remains the same as when he first appeared on the ballot.
“I decided to run in 2014 after I just replaced all four tires on my car and then drove down Grafton Road and bent a rim,” he said. “… The motivation has been basically to complete that job that I started back in 2015. I promised to fix the roads. … It’s taken almost an entire term on council to get things moving.”
Raso is a one-time supporter of Salzgeber who touted the councilman’s experience when Salzgeber ran for Medina Municipal Court judge in 2017.
At that time, Raso said he and Salzgeber once worked together as assistant prosecutors in the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office and previously served as part-time Medina city prosecutors, handling traffic, misdemeanor criminal and OVI cases in the Medina Municipal Court.
Attempts to reach Raso were unsuccessful. Rodriguez declined to comment when reached Wednesday and said she will wait until her petitions are certified.
Most of the remaining candidates to file Wednesday will not appear on the May ballot as they are running in uncontested races. It gives them a clear path to the November general election.
The following candidates and issues filed with the Medina County Board of Elections to appear on the May 7 ballot. Candidates and issues with an * will not appear in the May Primary; they will be in the November General Election.
Ward One Council (Vote for no more than 2)
Michael J. Abella Jr.*
Ward Two Council (Vote for no more than 2)
Nicholas J. Hanek*
Ward Three Council (Vote for no more than 2)
Frank A. Raso
Ward Four Council (Vote for no more than 2)
Anthony P. Capretta*
Mayor (Vote for no more than 1)
R — Robin Laubaugh*
Law Director (Vote for no more than 1)
R — Thomas J. Morris*
Auditor (Vote for no more than 1)
R — Catherine Fix*
President of Council (Vote for no more than 1)
R — Bob Thurber*
Council at Large (Vote for no more than 3)
D — Patricia Haskins*
R — David Williams*
R — Thomas Stugmyer*
Ward One Council (Vote for no more than 1)
R — Ralph J. Copley*
Ward Two Council (Vote for no more than 1)
R — Jon Yurchiak*
Ward Three Council (Vote for no more than 1)
R — Jeanne L. Hines*
D — Lee R. Potts*
Ward Four Council (Vote for no more than 1)
R — Bruce Darlington*
Precincts: Westfield Twp. A-CNC
What is it? A 1-mill, 5 years renewal levy for roads and bridges
Precincts: Chatham Twp. A-CL & B-CL
What is it? A 2-mill, 5-year renewal for fire and
What is it? A 2.5-mill, 5-year renewal with a 2-mill increase for roads and bridges
Precincts: Brunswick City: 1A - 1F, 2A - 2E, 3A - 3F, 4A - 4E; Brunswick Hills Tp A (Part), B-F; Hinckley Tp D
What is it? A 1.9-mill, 10-year renewal of an emergency levy that generates $2,021,000 per year.
What is it? A local option request for Sunday sales at 75 Pearl Road, Brunswick, DBA Pearl Beverage and Deli.
What is it? A local option for Sunday sales at 346 Main St., Wadsworth, DBA KC’s Sports Pub. This issue may appear on the November ballot since no candidates are on the May ballot in this precinct.