With Ohio’s primary election a month away, Wellington mayor Hans Schneider is out stumping for residents to exercise their right to vote.
“When I ran for council 14 years ago, I won by 18 votes. So when people say every vote counts, it truly does,” Schneider told a group of residents at ResCare, a home living facility on Weber Court for those with developmental disabilities.
Josh Weber, human resources director, said he asked Schneider to speak Wednesday because “he’s the best political figure in Wellington to inform our residents about voting.”
Schneider learned about the importance of voting from going to the polls with his parents.
“You would go in and they would close the curtains and my parents would show me who they were voting for and why,” he told ResCare residents.
“They would give a little explanation and I tried to do the same with my children when they were growing up… My daughter voted this past November and it was her first time to vote and it meant a lot to her father that her first vote was for me,” he said. “And when you only win by about 40 votes, her vote counted.”
Schneider said it’s especially important to vote in the presidential election but added, “On a local level you make an even bigger difference, whether it’s a school levy, a levy for the museum, or the (South Lorain County) ambulance district levy coming up.”
Colleen Terrell, a resident, said she plans to register and then vote. “Get out and vote for the president of the United States,” she said.
Erika Kaminski, another resident, is already registered. “It’s good to vote,” she said. “It’s a right.”
Staff helps residents register to vote. About 11 of the 68 ResCare residents have voted in past elections.
On March 15, both ResCare residents and the public will be able to vote at the facility, which is a registered polling place.
“Talk to whomever you need to and learn how to register,” Schneider said. “Talk to someone that will explain the issues, if needed, and cast that ballot. Make a difference. Make your vote heard.”
Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.
Photos by Catherine Gabe
“You can make a difference,” mayor Hans Schneider tells residents at ResCare, urging them to vote.