Seville Mayor Carol Carter said Tuesday she’s throwing her “bedazzled hat in the ring” for Medina County commissioner.
Carter said she filed her petitions with the county Board of Elections on Tuesday, and as of that afternoon, she was the lone Democrat who had filed for the commissioner seat in the May 8 primary. County Recorder Colleen Swedyk has filed to run on the Republican ticket.
The filing deadline is 4 p.m. today.
Carter, 66, said members of the Democratic Party told her they like how she gets things done in Seville and urged her to run.
She said she’s acted as an ambassador for her village, attending meetings and trying to attract business. Carter also is administrator for the Seville Area Chamber of Commerce.
She said part of her job as mayor is to “help promote our village.”
Carter, whose term will expire in 2019, has been mayor for five years. Before that, she served on village council for two terms.
Carter and Swedyk are running for the seat that will be vacated by Commissioner Adam Friedrick, who is not seeking re-election. His term expires Dec. 31.
“I’d like to bring a breath of fresh air (to the board of commissioners),” Carter said.
“They do a good job. I want to bring my way of doing business as an elected official to the bigger table. I’m a people person. The best way to get results is to have a mix of opinions.
“I enjoy and embrace everything I do.”
Carter said she’s heard from residents who urged her to remain in Seville. She said council members, however, who support her candidacy, encouraged her to run.
“We have a unique way of making it all work down there,” Carter said.
“My crowning achievement is how well our administration works together. I try to bring out the best in other people.”
In a news release announcing her candidacy, she said she’s “not afraid to stand out in a crowd or stand up for what I believe in.”
Carter said she’s the first one to pick up a broom or a shovel to make her community stronger.
“You deserve someone who actively listens before making decisions that affect you,” she said in the release.
She said she will be approachable and accessible and to listen to all residents.
Carter, who lost her husband, Billy, in 2015, said: “His support of me as a strong independent woman has always been the backbone of my strength and continues to fuel me when I face challenges.”
Swedyk, 54, of Hinckley, who announced last year she would seek a seat on the board of commissioners, has been county recorder for 11 years.
“I’m truly excited about the prospect of becoming a commissioner,” Swedyk said in a statement.
“I feel that I have spent my entire career educating myself on local government issues. My experience with government budgets is extensive and I pride myself on being a fiscal conservative.”
Other Republicans, former county commissioner Tim Smith and Wadsworth At-large Councilman Dave Williams, who reportedly were considering a run for commissioner, have decided against it.
Smith said his new job as director of sales at Lightspeed Hosting has taken off.
“I’m going to put all my energy into moving us forward,” he said.
Williams said he has enough to keep him busy in Wadsworth.
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