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Candidates react to 2021 Wadsworth election results

BY JANAE JOACHIM

The Medina Board of Elections has released the results of Wadsworth’s 2021 election. Residents were able to vote for their City Council representatives, school board members and a bond levies. 

For the city of Wadsworth, Dave Williams, Tom Stugmyer and Daniel Rospert won Council At-Large. Williams and Stugmyer are both incumbents in the position, but this will be Rospert’s first term, replacing Patricia Haskins.

“I want to continue to do the work I set out, such as continuing our parks, keeping our city safe and moving forward with prosperity for all,” Williams said. 

Stugmyer was also thankful to continue his time on the Wadsworth Council.

“It is a privilege to serve the people of Wadsworth,” Stugmyer said. “I look forward to being a part of Wadsworth’s continued success in the years to come.”

For Wadsworth Council’s Ward 1, the incumbent Ralph Copley held his seat. After winning, he discussed a project he plans to tackle next. 

“One of the major projects I would like to see completed is the much needed replacement of Fire Station 1,” Copley said. “This has to be done at reasonable costs to our taxpayers and serve the needs of our citizens for the next 50 plus years.” 

Jeanne Hines, the incumbent for Wadsworth’s Ward 3, also held onto her seat. 

“The people of Ward 3 will not be disappointed,” Hines said. “I promise to represent them and be a voice for the people.  I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Wadsworth.  Wadsworth really is the best place to live!  May God bless all of you!” 

Bruce Darlington, an incumbent of 18 years, claimed victory again in the 2021 election.

“I look forward to continuing the progress we’ve made in the past years,” Darlington said. “Thanks to the residents of Ward 4 for their support. Two things I look forward to completing are the new firehouse and the rebuild of Kaleidoscope playground.” 

For the Wadsworth City School Board, incumbents Julie Batey, Gary McComas and Amanda Gordan were all re-elected for another four year term.

All candidates thanked the community members for their votes. 

Additionally, the Wadsworth City School combination bond and operating levy was passed. 

“The passage of the levy is a win for the students of the Wadsworth City School District,” said Douglas Beeman, Treasurer of Wadsworth City Schools. “The levy will allow us to construct a new intermediate school on the WMS, WHS, and Community Center campus as well as build on the outstanding programs and offerings in the Wadsworth City Schools while continuing to meet the goals of the district strategic plan approved in 2020.” 

Beeman also emphasized that Wadsworth Schools is the first in Medina County to both request and pass a combination levy. 

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