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Position papers: Medina County commissioner

10/4/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

Patricia Geissman (incumbent) vs. Mark Kolesar

Patricia Geissman
Mark Kolesar
Voters will vote for one candidate for Medina County commissioner for the term commencing Jan. 3, 2013, on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our questions printed as submitted.

Patricia Geissman (incumbent)

Political affiliation: Republican

Why are you running for Medina County commissioner?

“I have been Medina County Commissioner for 20 years and have initiated several projects that have made a difference in the quality of life for our residents, such as the recent Foreclosure Prevention Task Force, that has helped people stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure or helped them get out from under their mortgage with out filing bankruptcy. Also the ‘Feeding Medina County’ initiative that is providing the basics of food to many families that are faced with unemployment, illness, divorce and other life changing circumstances. Both of the above initiatives address the affects of a poor economy. I have a proven record and the experience and ability to make a difference to our residents, I’d like to continue. Check me out on www.patgeissman.com.”

What would be your top three priorities if you were re-elected? Why?

“The county has received many cuts in funding from the state over the past four years. My top priority is balancing the 2013 budget without any further layoffs or any noticeable cuts in service as we continue to struggle through this recession.

“I would continue to see that Feeding Medina County programs are expanded to assist more families, children and seniors. Presently we are in one elementary school in each of our districts with a program called Weekenders that provides food for children that are on the free lunch program to take home each weekend. On average 30% of our elementary students are on the free lunch program. And one school is a high 44% in the city of Medina. Hard to believe in a county considered to be wealthy. We want to get into all the elementary schools and provide food as nutrition is so important to our children’s physical and mental growth.

“Staples For Seniors, is providing 15 pounds of shelf-stable food to low income seniors toward the end of each month to help them get by until their pension checks come in each month. Many seniors were making a choice between eating and medicine. Both of the …” [exceeded stated word limit.]


Mark Kolesar

Political affiliation: Democrat

Why are you running for Medina County commissioner?

“1) I have a passion for public service and Medina County.

“2) Want to preserve a high quality of life for generations to come.

“3) Want to keep the character of Medina County unique.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“1) Stay fiscally responsible on every decision — want tax payers to get the most for their hard earn dollars. Decision need to be based on safety and priority.

“2) Establish county-wide neighborhood meetings — It’s very important to keep stakeholders involved, this will establish additional lines of communication for residents, businesses and other local governments in Medina County.

“3) Will work to move commissioner meetings to the evening — this will give stakeholders a better opportunity to communicate with their elected officials and voice their opinions.”

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