gop Candidate Arrested For Tearing Down His 18 Year Old gop Opponent’s Flyers And Throwing Them Down A Storm Drain #176

GOP committee hopeful arrested, accused of destroying opponent’s fliers

A candidate for the Delaware County Republican Party’s Central Committee was arrested yesterday, accused of throwing his opponent’s campaign literature down a sewer drain.

Rick A. Gemienhardt, 54, of 881 Africa Rd. in Berlin Township, was arrested by Delaware County sheriff’s deputies and issued a summons to appear in court on Thursday. He faces misdemeanor charges of theft, criminal mischief and littering, the sheriff’s office said.

He is running against Adam Fleischer, an 18-year-old senior at Olentangy High School, for the Berlin Township B seat on the county GOP’s central committee. They are vying to replace Brad Ross, who isn’t running for re-election.

“I looked out my rearview mirror, and I saw my opponent following all the houses where I had posted fliers,” Fleischer said. “I literally saw him take one of the fliers off the door.”

The sheriff’s office said that other residents also called, saying they had seen Gemienhardt take fliers, rip them up and throw them away.

“Three additional people witnessed the suspect, identified as Rick Gemienhardt, take fliers from the doors of multiple residences and throw them down a nearby sewer drain,” Sheriff Walter L. Davis III said in a news release last night.

Gemienhardt denied to deputies that he had taken any of his opponent’s campaign literature.

Gemienhardt was a Berlin Township trustee, resigning from that post in 2004. This is Fleischer’s first run for political office.

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