September 30, 2014

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Sheffield mayor gives no thanks to lone Republican commissioner

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

John Hunter

John Hunter

AVON — Sheffield Mayor John Hunter thanked a lot of people during his State of the Village speech Wednesday, but Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams wasn’t one of them.

Williams said it struck him as odd that Hunter would mention his fellow commissioners, Ted Kalo and Lori Kokoski, and not him, especially since he was the only commissioner who was at Tom’s Country Place to hear the speeches of Hunter and the mayors of Avon, Avon Lake and Sheffield Lake.

Williams, a Republican, also said he thinks politics may have played a hand in Hunter’s failure to mention him. Hunter, like Kalo and Kokoski, is a Democrat, as is state Rep. Matt Lundy of Elyria.

Hunter also mentioned Lundy, whose campaign against Williams he is running, in his speech.

“John Hunter is one of the most political individuals you’re going to meet,” Williams said.

But Hunter said politics had nothing to do with him not mentioning Williams, whom Hunter said he didn’t realize was at the event. Williams said he had seen Hunter earlier at the event.

Hunter said the reason he thanked Kalo, Kokoski, Lundy, state Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and others was because of the work they’ve done for the village. Williams wasn’t mentioned, Hunter said, because he hadn’t done anything to warrant it.

“I mentioned those people who assisted the village,” Hunter said. “I try to keep politics out of things. I wish he would keep politics out of things.”

Williams said he’s always been supportive of Sheffield.

Manning, who was at the event, said that after a rocky start with Hunter when she first took office, now has a good working relationship with him and noted that he did mention her during his speech. She said she couldn’t say why Hunter mentioned the other commissioners and not Williams.

“I like to think of it as a nonpolitical thing,” Manning said. “(But) let’s face it, when you’ve got politicians in a room, politics are involved.”

Lundy, who wasn’t at Wednesday’s event, said he doesn’t see a political agenda in Hunter not mentioning Williams. He said it’s entirely possible Hunter simply overlooked Williams, something
that’s not uncommon when politicians are being recognized during speeches.

“I’ve been forgotten many times, but never made a political issue out of it,” he said.
Williams said he’s not upset about the incident and his feelings weren’t hurt, but others have taken offense on his behalf.

“Others said it was very low class to do that to me,” he said.

Hunter said he hasn’t heard from Williams or anyone else complaining about his speech.

“If Tom has got an issue, he ought to talk to me,” he said.

John Sobolewski, executive director of the North Coast Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored Wednesday’s speeches, said the event wasn’t recorded.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.


  • Larry Crnobrnja

    When a politician says “it isn’t political”…

  • Don Grantzki

    Any who have been feeding at the public trough for more than four years should be history. This applies regardless of their political persuasion.

  • david j moore

    No biggie Tom !!! Hunter’s priorities are Self, Unions, Self, Party , Self, Then The Village, biggest issue, is the poor folks who keep electing him.

  • Fedupintheburbs

    Haha!! Really? Singing the praises of the mediocre 2Ks. Yeah. Whatever. The same ones that love imposing sales taxes on Lorain County voters , spending big taxpayer bucks on refurbishing offices with flatscreen TVs , crying about Facebook unfriendings , meets without Williams on numerous occassions (St. Joseph Community Center talks, negotiating a sewer fee with Lorain to impose on townships)
    That’s what we need more of ??? I don’t think so…….laughable……..

  • Summer Smart

    Getting tired of the temper tantrum for petty offenses, such as not being a friend on facebook and calling them out on it, or not being mentioned at an event. Let your actions speak louder than your words Williams; that is more important.

    • oldruss

      You’ve got this all backwards, Summer Smart. It was Hunter who took the political BS to an extreme. County Commissioner Williams was at this event, and Hunter specifically mentioned the other two commissioners, both Democrats, WHO WERE NOT EVEN THERE. THAT speaks volumes about Hunter’s pettiness.

      • Summer Smart

        The article starts off with Williams’, so it appeared he was the one putting this to the forefront. It seemed similar to his rant on facebook about Kokoski’s comment that they weren’t friends on facebook. I believe his point in doing so was to show how petty she could be, similar to this article of not being mentioned. Lets read about the real issues without the lies and slandering, but that will never happen in this world anymore. It has become all about what the other person is doing or not doing. The whole article is petty.

        • oldruss

          Before you criticize what I’ve posted, you need to get your facts straight. It was Lori Kokoski who brought up friending on Facebook during a county commissioners’ meeting. The Chronicle Telegram reported on January 14, 2014, that, “She [Kokoski] also said that Williams had stopped being her friend on Facebook.” http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/01/14/childish-accusations-deny-tom-williams-county-commission-presidency/

          As for Mayor Hunter’s remarks, it was quite clear from the article in The Chronicle Telegram that it was Hunter who had, shall we say, curiously, omitted mentioning Commissioner Williams at the State of the Village address, even though Commissioner Williams was the ONLY county commissioner in attendance.

          • Summer Smart

            I wasn’t criticizing you at all. Sorry you took it that way. I was just explaining where I was coming from. But since you seem to be hellbent on being perfect, I will leave your other comments alone and leave you on your soapbox.

  • Sis Delish

    It’s stories such as these that certainly draw America’s finest into the Political Arena… The Duke of Sheffield has what to fear from a minority party member of the County Clique?

  • luvmytoaster

    What a POS (Hunter)….does he actually expect that anyone will believe the crap spewing forth from his mouth?

  • golfingirl

    “I mentioned those people who assisted the village,” Hunter said.

    Translation….. “I mentioned those who followed the party line and rolled over and supported my money wasting policies.”

    Oh well Tom, not getting your name mentioned is a small price to pay for doing the right thing.

    At least they named the banquet hall they held the event at after you…..Tom’s Country Place.”

  • John Davidson

    “Others said it was very low class to do that to me,” he said.
    That is the only class a Democrat has. Actually they are classless.

  • golfingirl

    “State of the Village Address”. Is this Green Acres, Hooterville or what?

    Makes sense, since it is being run by the Village Idiot.

    But they do have the UAW Hall on Abbe Road. Maybe that is why he caters to the Dems?

    • John Boy

      As past president of the UAW local at the Avon Lake Ford plant and part of the UAW national I’m sure he is a very objective politician and is only looking out for the best interests of the unio…. I mean citizens.

  • BrownEyedGirl

    “Hunter also mentioned Lundy, whose campaign against Williams he is running, in his speech.” That’s the money quote right there. He knew exactly what he was doing.

  • Jimmy Long

    Thats it im taking you all off my friends list from face book. Excuse my i have to go my panties are too tight(tom williams)

    • Joe Smith

      He would have had someone attack the guy while showing up in his pajamas if that was the case.