Even year elections are primarily to choose Federal, State and County Officials to be on the November ballot:
November 8, 2022 Election
US State Representative, 7th District
Nan Whaley/Cheryl L. Stephens
Jeffrey A. Crossman
Auditor of State
Secretary of State
Treasurer of State
Ohio State Representative, District 66
Ohio State Representative, District 67
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice
Ohio Supreme Court Justice
Terri Jamison (term starting 1/1/23)
Marilyn Zayas (term starting 1/2/23)
9th District Court of Appeals
Thomas A. Teodosio (term starting 2/9/23)
Erica Voorhees (term starting 2/10/23)
Amber Crowe (term starting 2/11/23)
Medina County Commissioner
Medina County Recorder
Medina County Auditor
Medina County Common Pleas Judge
Michael Terrence Conway
Medina County Domestic Relations Judge
Medina County Races
Kathy Menditto - Medina County Commissioner Candidate
My name is Kathy Menditto, I am a candidate running for Medina County Commissioner. I currently live in Wadsworth, and have been here since 2018.
I had twins at 16, and due to a strained relationship with my father, and a non-existent relationship with my mother, I moved out and back to Ohio when I was 17. I wanted to give my kids a better life.
At 18, I earned my GED, and when I kids started preschool, I started taking classes at Kent State University. I graduated when I was 27, and my kids were 9, with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. I had no help from family, but my babysitter was amazing and helped me through a lot of late nights with classes and work.
While in college, I met my husband through some mutual friends. He is from Rome, Italy. He is an amazing support system, the best dad to my kids, and now a wonderful grandfather. He brought a sense of what family is supposed to look like into my life. Dinner was mandatory, as a family, at the table every night. Our family is very close.
After graduating in 2005, I was able to get my first job in HR, and have been working in HR since. In 2016, I earned my MBA in Human Resource Management.
I was never really into politics until the 2008 election. I started watching all the news, debates, whatever I could. I think that is when I realized that one person can make a difference.
In 2014 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I lost my grandmother to breast cancer and my 26 year old cousin to ovarian cancer. I went very aggressive with treatment that resulted with me going into remission. I know I was lucky, early detection is key.
I started learning more about how few women and minorities are in positions of leadership, and I wanted to do that, be someone who can make a difference. I knew I wanted to do more, but I was not sure where to start or what to do. I knew that if I wanted to make real change, I was going to have to run for office.
So, here we are.
Carol Brenstuhl - Medina County Recorder Candidate
With a 30-year career in the accounting field, Carol Brenstuhl understands how to run a business effectively and efficiently and she will bring that knowledge to the Medina County Recorder's office. She will work to obtain cost-savings for the taxpayers.
Carol holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Master’s degree in Tax, and her career has included work at a Big 4 accounting firm and major international companies. A job promotion brought her to Medina County in 1999. She is currently Tax Manager for a North Canton company as well as a Tax Consultant for an international company headquartered in Wisconsin.
Carol has always been an active community volunteer, devoting time to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, the American Heart Association, Highland District Middle School PTO, Ducks Unlimited Medina County Chapter and the National Wildlife Turkey Association in Medina County. She volunteers with the Voices for Children Program in Lorain County. In addition, she has worked tirelessly to help get Democratic candidates elected at all levels, organizing the mailing of over 10,000 postcards and letters in the 2016 election alone.
Carol and her husband have a daughter and one grandson, Braden.
Mike Kovack - Medina County Auditor
American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Brunswick Rotary, Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, Family-A-Fair, Lodi Chamber of Commerce, Medina Community Design Committee, Medina County Board of Realtors, Medina County Economic Development Corporation, Medina County Farm Bureau, Medina County Historical Society, Medina Noon Kiwanis, Medina Aerea Chamber of Commerce, Seville Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Medina County, Valley City Chamber of Commerce, Valley City Frog Jump, Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce.
Founded the Medina County Adopt-A-Thon (Now Pet-Tacular!), which has found homes for over 1,000 abandoned pets over its 20 year history
Michael Terrence Conway - Medina County Common Pleas Judge
Michael Conway is a trial and appellate lawyer with 30 years experience in state and federal courts. He has been admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and the Ohio Supreme Court, where he has presented oral arguments on three occasions.
A graduate of Indiana University, where he obtained his degree in criminology and forensics, Conway captained the Indiana Judo Team as an undergraduate. His success in the sport resulted in an invitation to the U.S. Olympics Training Center.
After graduation Conway served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. His numerous deployments included service in Operation Desert Storm as well as the Demilitarized Zone, Republic of South Korea. Conway completed his service as a Marine Corps Captain.
Conway has been recognized as a Lawyer of Distinction and received Lead Counsel designation by Thompson Reuters. A private pilot for 33 years, he is also a member of the Cleveland Museum of Art and has done volunteer work for the Ohio Veterans Assistance Project.
Pete Kirner - Medina County Domestic Relations Judge
Pete Kirner currently works and manages a general practice law firm, Kirner and Boldt in North Royalton. Since graduation from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2006, Kirner primarily practices domestic relations law in Cuyahoga, Medina, and Lorain Counties. Kirner has also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem where he makes recommendations as to the best interest of minor children in divorce and custody cases. A trained mediator and parenting coordinator, Kirner has experience in applying collaborative and cooperative alternate dispute resolution techniques. As Parenting Coordinator practitioner, Kirner acts in a quasi-judicial role to help divorced parties navigate conflict to keep them from returning to court. Kirner also practices criminal and civil law in Municipal and Mayor’s Courts. He is the current president of the Center for Principled Advocacy and a member of the Medina, Parma (past president), and Cleveland Metro Bar Associations.
Kirner has resided in Medina County since 2013 with his wife, Robin, and their dog Olive. Both avid hikers, Kirner also spends time bass fishing, shooting sporting clays, and dabbling in home remodeling. He was born and raised in North East Ohio and he graduated from St. Ignatius High School and both he and Robin attended Syracuse University. Kirner was in practice with his father, Paul T. Kirner for several years prior to his father’s retirement in 2019.
Peter Kirner’s domestic relations experiences have led him along a path that make him extremely qualified for the position of Medina County Domestic Relations Judge. In seeking this position, Kirner stated, “I pride myself on being logical and a creative problem solver and will focus on making the court experience better for practitioners and litigants alike.”
Christina Collins - Ohio State Representative, 66th District
Dr. Collins was elected to the Ohio State Board of Education in November 2020. A 2001 graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School, her postsecondary studies include earning a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University, Master of Education in Curriculum from Ashland University and PhD from Kent State University. She recently obtained her superintendent license from Ashland University in 2020.
Dr. Collins began her professional career teaching multi-grade groups before becoming a high school English teacher. When the transition to Common Core curriculum began, Dr. Collins went to the Ohio Resource Center to serve as a literacy specialist. In 2012, she became a secondary curriculum specialist at Medina City Schools and, then, K-12 curriculum director at Buckeye Local Schools in Medina.
During her time on the State Board, Christina has written and seen unanimous passage of several resolutions that supported schools and children in Ohio, including a resolution in partnership with legislators that created an alternative pathway to graduation during the pandemic. She is also one of the recipients of the 2022 Ohio Federation of Teachers’ “Friends of Public Education” award.
Currently, Dr. Collins is an adjunct professor at Kent State University in the Interprofessional Leadership Educational Doctorate program teaching Practitioner Inquiry. She also works with the Medina County Economic Development Corporation. Dr. Collins resides in Medina with her husband, Chris, who works in cybersecurity, and their five children.
Drew Burge - Ohio State Representative, 67th District
Bio coming soon.