Thursday, October 8, 2015



Here it is less that 30 days before general election day in Stark County and it appears that Jackson Township trustee James N. Walters isn't so much as lifting a finger to get re-elected.

Jackson Township, Stark County's largest - population wise (estimated to be about 41,000 currently) - township; the home of Belden Village Mall is hugely competitive to county seat Canton as being Stark County's leading commercial center.

By comparison, Stark next most populated township is Plain Township with some 35,000 residents.

The SCPR has looked high and low for a Walters campaign website or Facebook page but all to no avail.

Although The Report does not get to the heart of Jackson Township very often, travels do bring this blogger through parts of the township but nary one campaign political has passed into vision.

It could be that Walters is biding his time and is on the cusp of action.

Just as likely - knowing Walters as the SCPR does going back to before he blew it in a campaign for Stark County commissioner in the 2010 general election - is that Walters is playing the role of the arrogant politician who thinks he is a fixture in Jackson Township politics and government and therefore has no need to go through the unpleasantness of a political campaign.

If cockiness is in full play with Walters, it could be that he is flirting with becoming "the political upset" of the 2015 election cycle.

Like Humpty Dumpty of nursery rhyme lore, Walters may be in a political free fall from which it is too late for recovery.

While the SCPR thinks a Walters upset is unlikely, it seems that nearly every election brings a surprise or two to the political pundits.  A sort of "nobody saw this coming phenomenon."

And perhaps the Jackson Township trustee race is the 2015 Stark County election surprise?

The ingredients might be subtly falling into place to spontaneously make for a surprise.

Let's see.  What is the biblical phrase?

"Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall?" (Proverbs 16:18)


And that could be what is happening with Trustee Walters this election cycle.

Taking advantage of Walters' seeming lackadaisical approach is lifelong Jackson Township resident Troy Gardner.

And there are a number of issues for Gardner to capitalize upon in his quest to unseat Walters who next to Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez (a former Stark County Democratic Party chairman) who many think "really" runs Jackson Township is probably the main player among the board of three trustees with the other two being John Pizzino and Hawke.

Here are a few links to SCPR blogs detailing some of those issues:

A few days ago, the SCPR received a link to a campaign promotion video from the Gardner campaign.


Gardner however is no "Johnnie Come Lately" in his effort to unseat Walters.

On June 15th, he posted a campaign video on YouTube which indicates that he understands that it is an uphill climb to unseat an incumbent officeholder such as Trustee Walters.

While on occasion the SCPR will link up to or publish self-promotional political campaign materials, only on condition of doing a critical analysis of the material or balanced by a direct interview of the candidate.

Yesterday, the SCPR sat down with Gardner and did this one-on-one interview:  (12 minutes)

And here is what the Canton Area League of Women Voters (a non-partisan; non-endorsing civic voter information organization) published in its annual election guide about Gardner and his opponent incumbent trustee James N. Walters:  (type size and color of text added for emphasis)
Troy E. Gardner 3090 Wickford Ave NW, Canton OH 44708 
Age: 46 Education: Jackson High School 1987, The Community College of the Air Force 1990 (Chanute AFB; IL, Clark AB;PI) 
Occupation: Self Employed General Contractor 
Qualifications: As a life long resident of Jackson Township I have a vested interest in my community. And my ability to be a true voice of the people by putting the communities concerns before my own personal opinion. 
Answer: Through research and compromise between the residents and the developer. But ultimately, the Trustee should be in favor of its constituents as he/she has been “entrusted” by the voters of its community.
James N. Walters Candidate did not respond.

"James N. Walters Candidate did not respond."

What was that biblical saying?

Oh, yes.

"Pride goeth before ...  a fall."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


UPDATE:  11:00 AM



The SCPR spoke with "independent" Canton mayoralty candidate Thomas Bernabei minutes ago and confirmed with him that as of the writing of this blog it appears there will be no classic style political debate between Bernabei and incumbent Democratic mayor William J. Healy, II.

It does seem that Healy will get his way in insisting that any discussion of the many, many issues that candidates should be expressing their views upon for the consumption of Canton's voters be limited to WHBC's Points to Ponder tentatively scheduled for next Thursday beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Mayfield Center located on 13th Street in Canton.

It is unknown as to whether or not the Canton League of Women Voters (a non-partisan, non-candidate endorsing civic group) will be participating in the anticipated WHBC/Ponder event as the League - the SCPR understands - did in the lead up to the Democratic primary election between Healy and Canton treasurer Kim Perez.

In material published in the body of the blog, LWV president Amy Dreussi expressed concerns about the WHBC/Ponder format inasmuch as only four questions were fielded by Healy and Perez.

The Report's take is that is the way Healy wants it.

His chances for a third term seems precarious at best and maybe non-existent.

Normally, incumbents who are reluctant/unwilling to participate in debates take that position because polling information indicates that they are far ahead.  Consequently, they want to limit opportunities within which to commit a political gaffe in the days of early voting in the timeframe leading up to and of course including general election day.

The Report does not see such as being the case in the Healy/Bernabei matchup.

The SCPR has already projected Bernabei as the likely winner by some five to ten percentage points.

There are reports of a poll which indicates as much as a 15% victory margin for Bernabei.

Accordingly, The Report sees Healy's debate reluctance as being "a sour grapes" type phenomenon.

However, the SCPR is NOT counting Healy totally out.

The mayor as survived many, many political crisès over his nearly eight years in office and has survived each and every one of them.

He is one of the nation's top politicians in terms of being the envy of the proverbial cat of nine lives!



The word is that when Thomas M. Bernabei was service director and chief of staff in the then new Canton mayor William J. Healy, II administration (January, 2008 through January, 2009), it was a frequent occurrence that Bernabei would sit the mayor down and lecture him on the proper way to be mayor.

As a consequence, the SCPR's conjecture is that Healy developed a phobia of Bernabei that lingers to this very day.

The current manifestation of that "in the sinews" fear is Healy's refusal to debate Bernabei in a classical debate forum in the run up to the November 3rd general election.


On August 18, 2016 the Canton League of Voters (Amy Shriver Dreussi, president) sent this identical letter (the Bernabei version shown) to the candidates for Mayor of Canton.

August 26, 2015

September 10, 2015

September 11, 2015

September 21, 2015

September 25, 2015

September 28, 2015

September 30, 2015

October 1, 2015
Bernabei Summation of Timeline

Ron Ponder (Points to Ponder-WHBC)
to Bernabei, Rink et al

Matt Rink (Editor, The Rep) to Ponder, Bernabei, et al

So there you have it folks!

Only on The Stark County Political Report will you get a complete and comprehensive look at "the story behind the story."

Oh!  One more thing.

Does Healy have a written response to the foregoing?

It appears so.

The SCPR has obtained a copy of the following apparently written on Healy's behalf by and another Healy campaign connected person, to wit:

Re-Elect William J. Healy II for Mayor of Canton, Ohio.

The debate is not confirmed yet... 

We have a couple tentative dates for next week but I'm still waiting for it to come together. 

We do have an "interview" with the Repository that will be a recorded "side-by-side" question and answer session that is very much like a debate. 
  • [Additional SCPR Note:  "interview ... very much like a debate."  Really?  
    •  Which by the way is set to be done today.
      • For those who have participated in a Repository Editorial Board endorsement interview probably do not see it that way.  
      • It is an interview to find out the positions of the candidates on various issues for as the editors endeavor to find factors to endorse on.]
They usually post those on their website afterwords. 

Plus there are several candidate forums coming up over the next several weeks that should have the candidates available to answer there will other opportunities over the next month to learn more about out achievements and plans for the future. 

As soon as dates and times are set, we will post.

As far the SCPR is concerned, the foregoing Healy campaign "spin" is cover for the frightened mayor.

He knows that Bernabei knows what all of the skeletons in his administration are and wants no part of having them exposed.

And, of course, as pointed out at the beginning of this blog; the mayor has a personal history with Bernabei in which he - the mayor - was totally intimidated by the much more able Tom Bernabei as an administrator.

William J. Healy, II could not stand the Bernabei heat and so he fired him.

And the mayor's fear of Bernabei lingers.

Hence, no debate in the classic sense of debate is likely to materialize within the next 30 days!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015




The Stark County Political Report has been hearing political chatter for sometime that there was "real" opposition to Canton Councilman Edmond Mack initiative to bring charter government to the city.

But that was all it was.  That is until yesterday when The Report discovered this filing with the Stark County Board of Elections.


Upon discovering the Canton City auditor R. A. Mallonn filing, The Report sent a copy to Councilman Mack, to wit:

 Fw: Canton Charter PACs

Martin Olson <>  Oct 5 at 1:43 PM
To:  Edmond J. Mack


Just obtained a copy of Designation of Treasurer on R.A. Mallonn on Truth About Charter.

Your reaction?

Does R.A. stepping forward in opposition surprise you?

Can you identify ... those who you know to be actively opposing the charter?

Thanks, Martin/SCPR
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Travis Secrest <>
To: Martin Olson <>
Sent: Monday, October 5, 2015 1:36 PM
Subject: Re: Canton Charter PACs


I take back my e-mail from a few moments ago. Attached is a DOT for "Truth About Charter". This is the only documentation that we have.

Sorry for the confusion.


>>> Martin Olson <> 10/5/2015 1:30 PM >>>


Please send me pdf format copies of documentation that the BOE has on file from for and against PACs on the Canton Charter Commission issue.



As yours truly understands Mack's posture on the issue, he is hopeful that Cantonians will on November 3rd say "yes" to the idea of charter government to Canton and elect 15 commission members who in submitting final approval to Canton's voters likely in November, 2016 will produce a proposal that will mirror Canton's current form of government as an Ohio statutory city.

It is not lost on Mack that three prior efforts to make Canton a charter government city lost likely because the elected commission proposed too many changes for the voters to swallow.

There are folks that are still around from the 1962 effort who adamantly believed that "poison pills" were inserted to the commission's presentation to Cantonians to ensure that they reject charter government.

It appears that the current effort is two pronged:
  • first, defeat the proposal on November 3rd and thereby nip Mack's effort in the bud,
    • SCPR Note:  One of the opponents to the proposal (Ward 9 Councilman Frank Morris, III) told The Report last night that his best guess is that voters will - by a narrow margin - approve the consideration of Canton going charter and elect 15 members because he thinks most of Canton's political power brokers are squarely behind the proposal,
  • second, should, as Morris thinks it will, Mack's idea be accepted by Cantonians; the anti's appear to be bent on electing enough of the 15 commission members to once again insert enough "poison pills" in what is presented to Canton voters a year down the road so as to ensure its failure for a fourth time.
(restructured for emphasis sake)

Edmond J. Mack <>  Oct 5 at 4:26 PM
To:  Martin Olson


Thank you for the email.

I have heard that efforts were potentially underway to form an “anti-Canton Charter” committee, and that it would indeed be labeled “Truth About Charter.”   Based upon the Designation of Treasurer form you had emailed, it appears that such a Political Action Committee has indeed been formed.

Based upon what you had emailed, a few observations:

First, the Committee is using the email address of Deametrious St. John as its official email address, and the telephone number of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local No. 94.  

It is surprising that Mr. St. John would be involved in any “anti-Canton Charter” effort, as I was under the impression that Mr. St. John lived in Plain Township – not Canton.  

I am not sure why he would be interested in opposing the Canton Charter Issue when it does not impact him one way or another.  At least as of today, it does not appear that this has changed, as Mr. St. John is still registered to vote in Plain Township, as reflected in the attached.  Similarly, the President of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local No. 94, Mr. David Kirven, does not live in Canton either.  Rather, he lives in North Canton, which is actually a city that has already adopted a charter.

Second, I am surprised that R.A. Mallonn, our City Auditor, would agree to serve as the Treasurer for an Anti-Canton Charter Committee.  

During our conversations about this issue, Auditor Mallonn has expressed openness to a Canton Charter, provided it maintains the checks and balances that our City currently has with its elected offices.  The Charter of the City of Newark, Ohio, for example, maintains such balance.  I am especially concerned that Auditor Mallonn is utilizing his City of Canton-issued email address in connection with service as Treasurer of the Anti-Charter Committee, as reflected on the Designation of Treasurer Form you had provided.  This is because such conduct is specifically prohibited by Canton City Policy.  See, City of Canton, Computer Networks and Communications Policy, Section 2(d) (“Additionally, inappropriate uses of computer resources include, but are not limited to: … Generally, any usage which a reasonable person would judge to … involv[e] political or campaign issues[.]”); Section 3(c) (“The e-mail system shall not be used to distribute political information pertaining to candidates or issues.”)

Third, it will be interesting to learn the source of funding for this Anti-Charter Committee.  

While it has been discussed that some of this funding may be provided by labor organizations, by utilizing the statutory political action committee mechanism, any labor-funding will create separate filing disclosure requirements for any contributing labor organizations, with several deadlines rapidly approaching that each contributing labor organization must adhere to.  See, R.C. § 3599.03(C).  These separate disclosure laws are unique to ballot issues.  As the Ant-Charter Committee appears to be using facilities of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local No. 94, this labor organization may have to be reported as a “Sponsoring Entity,” which brings even more disclosure requirements that the labor organization must adhere to.  See, R.C. § 3517.082.

Finally, a benefit of Mr. St. John and Auditor Mallonn’s involvement with this Anti-Charter Committee is that they are both undoubtedly well-aware of the accuracy required of any political materials distributed in connection with spreading their “Truth About Charter” message, and the liability that can ensue for their failure to ensure this accuracy.  

Among other provisions, R.C. § 3517.22(B) reads in part: “No person, during the course of any campaign in advocacy of or in opposition to the adoption of any ballot proposition or issue, by means of campaign material, …, shall knowingly and with intent to affect the outcome of such campaign do any of the following: ... (2) Post, publish, circulate, distribute, or otherwise disseminate, a false statement, either knowing the same to be false or acting with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not, that is designed to promote the adoption or defeat of any ballot proposition or issue.”  I have no doubt that Mr. St. John, Auditor Mallonn, and all others involved will ensure compliance with both the letter and the spirit of these laws.

I hope these observations are useful, and thank you again for reaching out.


Edmond J. Mack


Last night, The Stark County Political Report had the good fortune to catch up with Auditor Mallonn at the end of a regular session of the Canton City Council meeting.

Here is the video:

The SCPR thinks that in the case of Kirven and Mallonn selfish political interests are the reason for their opposition.

Kirven (along with AFSCME official Robert Thompson, a candidate for the charter commission, [LINK to web article that presents an interesting take on AFSCME]) apparently have concerns about whether or not organized labor will have the clout it has had in getting Canton government going forward to condition city business on doing business only with those companies who have unionized workforces or alternatively agree to pay "prevailing wages" whether workers are unionized or not.

Kirven, business manager for Local #94, Plumbers and Pipefitters is also president of the Stark County Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Club and a staunch supporter of current Canton mayor William J. Healy, II.
As seen in the Mallon video below, Jefferson Jackson has contributed $500 to the Truth About Charter PAC with more to come from Kiven's union and presumably from other Stark County unions.

One would think that some members of Jefferson-Jackson support Mack's initiative and might be a tad upset with the $500 contribution being made, no?

Mallonn has to be worried that down the road Cantonians will decide to eliminate his office as an elected position and that he would not be the appointee of the then in place administration.

St John?

The Report thinks that his only interest is having business of the Truth About Charter group in his work as a political consultant.

So this fight is mostly about selfish interests versus the public interest.

One exception the SCPR thinks is the point raised primarily by Councilmen Kevin Fisher (Ward 5) and Thomas West (Ward 2) which focuses on:
  • a charter commission the membership of which does not include representation for the interests of the respective wards and section of the city, and
  • consequently results in a restructuring - down the road - which diminishes their constituents voice in Canton government.
The Report thinks these concerns though somewhat parochial are much more understandable and reasonable when compared to those of Kirven as the representative of organized labor, Mallonn as to his political future and St. John's and his business portfolio.

A major reason Canton cannot seem to get into the headwinds of moving in the right direction seems to the SCPR to be that there are too many actors hanging on the structure of Canton's government for selfish interests.

Voters approving going forward with a charter commission in November can thereby serve notice - if the selfish candidates for he commission are filtered out - that a new day is dawning for Canton.

Sunday, October 4, 2015



To Be Updated & Republished on a Continuing Basis Through Election Day

Who will be the next mayor of Canton:  "Independent" Thomas M. Bernabei or Democrat William J. Healy, II?

Will Curtis Werren finally get elected to something?

Former mayor Frank Cicchinelli returns in Massillon?

Will Alliance voters validate Democratic Party appointee Steve Okey as president of Alliance City Council?

  • No Facebook Links Found for Either Candidate

Is Jackson Township on a track to elect a political newcomer as trustee in candidate Troy Gardner?

Will Cantonians decide to go charter government?
Redistricting in Ohio:  a no-brainer?

These are among a number of matters that local and state voters will decide beginning on Tuesday, October 6th some 29 days before the final voting day of November 6th when remaining registered voters either show up at the polls and vote or forever hold their peace in the results of the 2015 elections.

Ohioans which of course includes Stark Countians can vote before November 6th beginning on this coming Tuesday in the following to ways:  (text from the Stark County Board of Elections website)

Absentee Voting

How to Vote Early

Voters have two options to cast their ballot early.  Both options offer voters the flexibility to cast their ballot when it works best for them.
  • Vote in person at the Board of Elections
  • Request a ballot by mail  

In-Person voting

Voters may vote early in person at the Stark County Board of Elections office starting 29 days prior to the election.

Voters will be required to complete an application that requests identification information.
In-Person voting will take place from October 6th – November 2nd. The hours for in-person voting are below:
October 6 – October 23       8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday - Friday)
October 26 – October 30     8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Monday – Friday)
October 31                          8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Saturday)
November 1                        1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Sunday)
November 2                        8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Monday)
You will be required to fill out an application to vote in-person. On this application, you will be required to provide a form of identification. 

The office is located at:

3525 Regent Ave NE
Canton, Ohio 44705

Vote By Mail

Voters may request and absentee ballot by mail.  Ballots are mailed starting 29 days prior to the election.

Voting by mail takes place October 6th - November 2nd.

Below are the steps you need to complete in order to successfully vote by mail:
  • Step 1 - Complete an application form. (In order for a ballot to be mailed to you, an application form will need to be filled out for each election.) Download an application form.
  • Step 2 - Mail the completed form to the Stark County Board of Elections.
  • Step 3 - Once your form is received and processed a ballot will be mailed to you beginning October 6th.
  • Step 4 - Fill out your ballot and ID envelope completely.
  • Step 5 - Mail your ballot back to the Board of Elections. Congratulations your ballot has been cast!
In order for your application to be accepted, the following information MUST be correct on the form:
  • Your name and voting residence
  • Your birthdate and proper identification information (see application)
  • Statement that you are a qualified elector
  • The election for which you are requesting a ballot
  • Your party choice if the election is a primary, or that you want to vote an issues-only ballot
  • The mailing address to which you want your ballot sent
  • Your signature
For your absentee ballot to be counted, it must be received as follows:
  1. If cast from anywhere in the U.S. and you return it by mail, it must be postmarked* (the day before the election) and received by the board of elections no later than 10 days after the election. If you return it in person or if a near relative delivers it to the board for you, it must be delivered to the board of elections no later than the close of polls on Election Day.
  2. If you are a voter outside the U.S. on Election Day, your ballot envelope must be signed and postmarked by the close of polls on Election Day and received by your county board of elections not later than the 20th day after the presidential primary election or by the 10th day after a special or general election.
  3. If returned in-person to the board of elections, absentee ballots must be received at your local county board of elections on Election Day by 7:30 p.m. (the close of the polls).
* Postmarked does not include a date marked by a postage evidence system such as a postage meter.

Before voting, voters need to be an informed about the candidates and issues:

A key source for voters to have information on candidates and issues is from the Canton/Ohio League of Women Voters (LINK: Canton LWV; LINK: Ohio LWV).

For Stark County candidates, issues and statewide issues a prime source of information is the recently distributed LWV Voters Guide, to wit:

And, of course, there are The Stark County Political Report blogs.

For instance, if a reader wants to find blogs on the Guardado/Werren race for Canton Municipal Court judgeship race, an easy access is to "Google:"

Guardado Werren Stark County Political Report.

Voting is a fundamental expression of support for our "greatest in the world" democratic-republican system of government!

Friday, October 2, 2015


Human reality is that each and everyone of us have a strong selfish streak in us.

And - kept in balance - looking after self can be an okay thing to do.

As the Good Book says:  "Love others as you love yourself."  Which, the SCPR takes as meaning "do good for everybody including yourself."

No profession is more endowed with an ugly brand of taking care of self over the interest of the many than professional politicians.

A recent Rasmussen Report poll (LINK) shows that a mere 9% of Americans approve of the way Congress is doing the nation's business.

Based on his track record as 16th District congressman January 3, 2009 through January 3, 2011 [when the 16th included "all" of Stark County], the SCPR thinks that were he a congressman today, John Boccieri would be among the top 9% if not the top 2% meriting an "excellent" rating.

Democrat Boccieri lost to Republican Jim Renacci in November, 2010 and some (no less than President Barack Obama himself - see below) suggest the loss might have been because he voted with the Obama administration in the Spring of 2010 to help put Obamacare over the top in a very close vote in the United States Congress, to wit:

March 21, 2010: The Senate’s version of the health care plan is OK’d by the House in a 219-212 vote. 

All Republicans voted against it. 

“The American people are angry,” House Republican leader John Boehner said. “This body moves forward against their will.” 

[Source LINK which includes a timeline of Obamacare's tortured and controversial history]

And more on his "for Obamacare vote" from a recent media report (Youngstown Vindicator, LINK) recounting Boccieri's selection by the Ohio House Democratic Caucus to replace Ron Gerberry (who had run into legal difficulties and was forced to resign) as 59th House District representative, to wit:

At a July 6, 2012, campaign stop in Poland, President Barack Obama praised Boccieri, and said the congressman “may have lost” his 2010 re-election bid because of his vote in support of Obamacare during a bad year nationally for Democrats.

“I’d take that vote again, no question,” Boccieri said at the time. “My mom told me sometimes that the right thing to do isn’t always the most popular.”

And supporting the Affordable Care Act in 2010 was a risky adventure in what turned out to be a Republican year in Congressional elections.

But Boccieri eschewed focusing unduly on selfish political interests in doing what he thought was the right thing to do in helping millions of Americans.

Boccieri's rating is justified not on whether he favored/disfavored any particular piece of legislation but on his willingness to vote according to what he thought was best for Americans, Ohioians, 16th District constituents including of course Stark Countians.

While he was 16th District congressman, Boccieri lived with his family in Alliance.

Boccieri's rise in Ohio and northeast Ohio politics began with a Ohio House (57th, the 61st beginning in 2002) victory over the controversial right-wing Ron Hood (who, ironically is now a member of the Ohio House from a district located in central Ohio) in November, 2000.

And it ended on a resurgence of right wing Republican politicians including current Congressman Jim Renacci (now representing a reconfigured 16th Congressional District which includes northwest and north central Stark County with a dip down the center of Stark to include the Timken Company.

While the SCPR thinks that Boccieri showed uncommon political courage in voting for Obamacare, yours truly does not believe his vote cost him the election.

But it could have in a more competitive election year.  And, accordingly, Boccieri should be esteemed.

Even if the vote had cost him the election, Boccieri's vote was clearly the right thing to do.

For millions of Americans previously without healthcare insurance now have it.

Take a look at this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services video:

The lesson that should be taken out of John Boccieri's return to the Ohio and northeast Ohio political scene with his appointment to the Ohio House is that he represents a type of public official the nation needs more of.

He demonstrated in 2010 that he can properly balance (hence the balance scales at the beginning of this blog) doing the honorable thing in helping others against his political self interest.

Sounds simple enough, no?

But the low public opinion poll cited at the beginning of this blog shows that the American public thinks that congresspersons in the balancing the public interest with their selfish political interest opt to take care of #1 at the expense of the many.

Congressman John Boccieri showed that there is a better way to practice the art of politics.

The example of John Boccieri is what our democratic-republican system needs more of.

Welcome back, Representative John Boccieri!

Thursday, October 1, 2015



The Stark County Political Report has been saying since it was unveiled in Mayor William J. Healy, II's 2014 State of the City address that the proposed Canton's Citywide Comprehensive Plan (Plan) smacked of one more cog in the wheel of his personal political plan to get re-elected mayor for a third term.

Take a look at this video: (1:19)

Facetiously speaking, The Report thinks the $325,000 of Canton taxpayer money approved by Canton City Council on April 28, 2014 should appear somewhere in Healy's periodically required campaign finance reports.  It won't, of course, because it has the indicia of being a purely governmental act of Canton's council notwithstanding a reasonable expectation at its authorization by council of having a probable beneficial effect on the mayor's re-election drive.

Councilmen Morris, Babcock, Hart and Smuckler voted no on the administration's initiative.

SCPR video recorded reactions to the Plan at the time include that of:

Ward 9 Councilman Frank Morris (2:36)

Councilman at Large Bill Smuckler (3:26)

But there was no skepticism with Mayor Healy about the benefit of the Plan to Canton and by implication for his re-election chances.

Note Healy's stammering and stuttering for the first 20 seconds of so of the video:
This [the Canton Citywide Comprehensive Plan] is another thing that, this is, this is the other best, no; this is next most important, this is the most important thing, no; this is another really, really important thing; there are so many things happening that are so important that I want to say that it's the most important but again I want to say that it's so important that we do this.
Important for what purpose?

To help re-elect William J. Healy, II to his third term as mayor, no?

It could be that what Healy thought was so important back in April, 2014 may turn out to be a political liability in the upcoming general election on November 3rd as he faces the biggest survival challenge of his Canton political career which goes back to 2002/2003.

It is looking more and more that even if the Canton Citywide Comprehensive Plan survives in some form, William J. Healy, II is unlikely to be in the political/government mix of seeing it implemented.

So his enthusiasm of April, 2014 may prove on November 3, 2015 to being a case of "the best laid plans of mice of men" going amok.

This particular blog is prompted by a report on the part of Allison Matas of The Repository yesterday on the proceedings of a Canton Planning Commission (Commission) work session suggesting to the SCPR that:
  • Healy's is at work being his consummately political self in the background through Canton Planning Commission members to massage commission deliberations on the plan to put it in a form that fits better with his re-election effort,
  • The Plan is not a comprehensive plan at all, perhaps, therefore, not worthy of Canton having plowed $325,000 of taxpayer money into its creation, development and "less than comprehensive" [i.e. "strategic" in the minds of Commission members] implementation in terms of having a structure in place to - over time - completely remake Canton as we now know it,
    SCPR Note:  It appears that Chief of Staff Fonda Williams 
    was sitting in for member Healy at yesterdays' meeting.

    So it had to be devastating to the deep thinkers in the Healy campaign to have been thwarted by Canton Law Department Thomas Burns in his saying:
    Following a second work session with a wide-ranging discussion about land use, funding distribution and the creation of more city jobs, Assistant Law Director Thomas Burns instructed the Canton City Planning Commission that its job is to review the draft document and make a recommendation to Canton City Council about whether it should be adopted. The group doesn’t have the authority, he said, to change what the plan is called or rewrite it. (from Matas report)
    More and more it is appearing to the SCPR a la  his setback in the Commission proceedings of yesterday that Mayor Healy's master political manipulation skills are waning with only 30 days left in the campaign.

    The Report does think that "all is not lost" with the work done on the Plan as incomplete as it is.

    A Mayor Thomas M. Bernabei has the leadership skills "to make silk out of a sow's ear."

    Wouldn't it be a heavy, heavy irony for the Healy fired chief-of-staff and service director (January, 2009) to pick up with what The Report thinks was designed for the personal political benefit of Healy into part of a truly comprehensive plan that authentically gets Canton moving in the right direction!!!

      Wednesday, September 30, 2015


      There is clearly a different tone to the Bernabei and Healy campaigns for mayor which will be decided by Canton voters on November 3rd.

      The SCPR has already predicted a Bernabei win. (LINK)

      But The Report has over the nearly eight years of writing this blog marveled at how William J. Healy, II has extricated him out of one seemingly impossible situation after another after another after another ad nauseam.

      Healy is clearly "the envy of the proverbial cat of nine lives!"

      So it would be foolish for anybody to totally count Healy out in gaining a third term as mayor of Canton.

      A true indicator of who the "real" players are in terms of putting money where their mouths are will be forthcoming on October 22nd as that day is the day that Ohio campaign finance law mandates that the candidates file a list of campaign contributors (CFR) through October 14th.

      Cantonians should pay close attention to this list.

      For it will tell who will have the ear of the election victor come January 1, 2016.

      And the foretold that Healy would defeat Democratic challenger and Canton treasurer Kim Perez as soon as early January, 2015, to wit:

      There are some interesting things to look for in the respective upcoming Bernabei and Healy reports.

      For Healy:
      • Who among the "organized" Stark County Democratic Party officialdom (both party officials and elected Democrats across Stark County) show up on the list,
      • The scope and largesse of organized labor as contributors, and
      • The out-of-town factor

      For Bernabei:
      • For beginners, the same as with Healy:
        • Who among the "organized" Stark County Democratic Party officialdom (both party officials and elected Democrats across Stark County) show up on the list,
          • SCPR Note:  to the extent that well known and especially recognized as pretty much committed to the "organized" Stark Dems' supporters appear on Bernabei's list will be a leading indicator that the Stark County Democratic Party apparatus is fractured making a Healy re-election unlikely,
      • Whether or not any "organized" labor connected contributors appear,
      • The extent to which the generally recognized and identify by the public "civic leadership of Canton" are willing to step out of the shadows of political involvement and declare that they have broken with the official leadership of Mayor Healy and cast their lot with a new approach to solving the manifold problems of Canton
      The SCPR will be all over those report and anybody who wants an in depth political analysis of the significance of the Bernabei/Healy pre-general CFRs will want to be on the SCPR early in the morning of October 23rd.

      And, of course, the SCPR will be Cantonians "place to go" for all the important news and information on the Healy/Bernabei matchup over the remaining month of the campaign.

      In the meantime, readers should keep up with campaign activities of the respective campaigns at these links: