Jim Woods, 68, remembered by friends, family as a political leader
Filed on May 5, 2014
YORK TWP. — The co-founder of Medina County Friends and Neighbors has died, but friends and family say the legacy of his work in promoting political conservatism will live on.
Jim Woods, 68, of York Township, died Wednesday following a nine-month battle with lung cancer. Lisa Woods, his wife of 12 years, said he will be missed by family, friends and political allies.
“The most amazing thing about him is his political work, and just how good he was,” his wife said. “He was really so cool-headed and he didn’t let things get to him. Politics is such a dirty place to play, and he just did it so well.”
Nancy L. Abbott, head of the Medina County Republican Party, said Woods was an important voice in Ohio politics.
“I think we’ve lost a true conservative leader in the county and the state,” Abbott said. “It’s going to be really hard to find someone to fill his shoes.”
Woods and his wife founded Friends and Neighbors in 2008 as an independent grassroots conservative organization, affiliated with the tea party movement.
The Woods also have been active in the regular Republican Party. Jim Woods served as the GOP’s Central Committeeman for the 22nd State Senate District since 2012. Lisa Woods is the Central Committee’s vice chairwoman. …
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