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Medina Council candidates to be considered at special meeting Tuesday

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MEDINA — The Ward 1 City Council seat will likely be filled at a special meeting Tuesday at City Hall.

Council will interview six candidates that night and are expected to make a decision about who will replace Laura Parnell-Cavey, who is moving out of the ward and resigned last month.

Her last council meeting was Oct. 22.

The two people Parnell-Cavey defeated in the 2017 election, incumbent Brian Hilberg and Kevin Consiglio, are again running for the seat. The other candidates are Mark Williams, John Wetzel, Bob Starcher and Suzanne Sharpe.

Council members will interview the candidates during the public meeting 7 p.m. and are expected to announce their selection later that night.

Here is a look at the candidates based on applications submitted to Council:

  • Hilberg, 50, is owner/chef at Marie’s Caf← on Public Square. He served as Ward 1 councilman from 2012-17. He was originally appointed to the seat in March 2012 when Councilwoman Andrea Burdell-Ware resigned due to family obligations. Hilberg said on his application he wants to give back to the community.
    “I want to continue to be a part of the decision-making process that helps preserve our small-town values and historical assets while promoting Medina as a destination city that is also a great place to live and do business in,” Hilberg said.
  • Consiglio, 31, works as a business analyst for FirstEnergy. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Ashland University.
    “I kind of just felt like I needed to do more than just live in the city of Medina,” Consiglio said.
  • Sharpe, 52, is vying to be the lone woman on Council. She works as the manager of administrative operations for the Urban Studies Department at Cleveland State University.
    ”I’m just really invested in our city,” she said. Sharpe was asked to run for the vacant spot by Parnell-Cavey.
  • Starcher, 63, is a retired lieutenant with the Medina Police Department, where he worked for 30 years. He said he’d like to try to solve the city’s traffic issues. He said he wants to get “citizens, business and government working together to provide a good solution for everyone.”
  • Wetzel, 90, served on Council for 15 years from 1995-2009. He works part-time at Medina Hardware. He regularly attends Council meetings and said he has a passion for the city. “I’ve got knowledge that I’d like to put to good use and I’d like to help the community in any way I can,” Wetzel said on his application.
  • Williams, 49, owns Williams on the Lake. He wants to be a spokesman for local business and the residents. He said Ward 1 is diverse with many residential, business and industry.
    “Finding how that folds together as a win-win for the city is really where I’d like to be able to go,” he said.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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