MEDINA — His devotion to Diet Mountain Dew is every bit a part of Adam Friedrick as his direct nature.
You always knew where you stood with the Medina resident.
Friday was his last meeting as Medina County commissioner after eight years on the board. He said he’d miss the people and dealing with the sometimes-difficult issues.
“I liked being involved,” he said.
Sometimes, the topics were difficult and uncomfortable.
“The Lord created me to be involved in things like that,” Friedrick said.
When he was elected Nov. 2, 2010, he said he’d run two terms. He’s a man of his word.
Friedrick, 52, said he has nothing planned in politics.
He’ll likely work a bit more at his “real” job at Beckett Gas in North Ridgeville, where he works 40 to 50 hours per week. Coupled with his duties as commissioner and being a family man, that didn’t leave much time for himself.
“I have a master’s degree in time management,” he joked.
Friedrick said he got by on just two hours sleep Thursday night. He drove to Pennsylvania to pick up two young boys he and his wife, Heather, want to adopt. While driving, he looked over on the turnpike and said, “That looks like Jim Renacci.”
“I got to know him pretty good,” he said. “He and I were elected the same year. How would I have ever gotten to know a congressman that ran for Senate?”
Friedrick has four children, two boys and two girls. The two youngest will both be in the Air Force soon.
He spent almost 3,000 days in office. Rarely was he ever seen without a can of Diet Mountain Dew in his hand.
Medina County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Bethany Dentler and her staff convinced the owners at Chill to create an ice cream flavor in Friedrick’s honor called, “Adam, what will we do without you?”
The Mountain Dew-flavored ice cream will be sold until the end of the year.
His wife said she buys the soft drink by the case at home.
His fellow commissioners said they’d miss serving with him on the three-person board.
“It was an honor to serve with you,” Bill Hutson said. “You had an uncanny ability to explain things in terms of hunting and fishing.
“You’ll be missed.”
Pat Geissman, who attended the meeting in a wheelchair after having surgery on her foot, said she has served on 14 boards in her 26 years of service.
“This is the best board we’ve ever had,” she said.
She likened Friedrick to a brother.
“I love him that much,” Geissman said. “Sometimes we disagreed. But when we left this room, it was over. I’ll really miss you. I hope you run for commissioner again.”
The Republican will be replaced by County Recorder Colleen Swedyk, who will be sworn in at the next meeting Jan. 2.
“It’s been a privilege to serve,” Friedrick said. “This is a great place to live and work.”