Tuesday, October 21, 2014

STARK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY APPOINTED SHERIFF "GEORGE T. MAIER" DENIES AMERICAN MILITARY HERO DAN ALTIERI A RESERVE DEPUTY SHERIFF COMMISSION!


(SO THE SCPR THINKS!)


UPDATE:  10:05 AM

An email to the SCPR from Sgt Major Altieri

Dan Nicholas Altieri
rocksgtmajor@ ...   Today at 12:00 AM
To  Tramols@att.net
Mr. Olson,

I appreciate you taking interest in my story.

I have had both the honor and privilege to have served with many great, honorable, and extraordinary men and women in both my law enforcement career in nearly 27 years at the Stark County Sheriff's Office and the 30 years, 10 months and 14 days of active/reserve duty in the United States Marine Corps.

The experience I gained at both places was eye-opening and one of a kind. Working beside so many selfless men and women who prided themselves in doing the right thing, caring for each other, and being a part of something so much bigger than themselves. Demonstrated to me what a great country we live in and a place we need always to protect.

I was forward deployed 15 times with the United States Marine Corps, serving on 4 combat tours with the Marine Corps Infantry.

I went on hundreds of combat patrol missions in places like Grenada, Beirut Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan. I was  "part of a team" of men who would face death daily and most times, live to tell about it.

My story is not new though, many men and women in history have done this and so, so, much more. Veterans Of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and many other conflicts.

As Marines and as Soldiers this is expected of you. You take care of that Marine to the left and right of you, to the front, and the back of you.

There is much "Honor, Courage, and Commitment" in the Marine Corps and the United States Armed Forces. I am very honored and humbled about being a Marine Corps combat veteran. My father was a combat veteran,

My Uncles were combat veterans, my Cousins were combat veterans. We are not hero's, [sic] just part of something so much bigger than ourselves.

We were just "part of a team".  


[Editors note:  enlarged for emphasis in light of Maier's claim - see below - that because Altieri was not personally politically loyal to Maier in Maier's political campaign he is not a team player.  

Altieri was a loyal "for the well being of Stark County's people highly respected sheriff's department employee which is a proper application of being a team player.  Being a team player for selfish politicians is not, in the opinion of the SCPR, an appropriate definition that Maier apparently has in mind]

I do know a lot of heroes though. I served with many men who gave their lives up on the battlefield so we all could live free in this United States of America. Many of those heroes are buried in section 60, in Arlington National Cemetery. I feel obligated everyday to make sure the sacrifices of those great men are never forgotten. It is my responsibility to always keep their stories and memories alive forever.

Semper Fi!

Dan Nicholas Altieri


ORIGINAL BLOG (UPDATE 10/23/2014)

As readers of The Stark County Political Report know, yours truly, from the beginning of his tenure as the appointee of the Stark County Democratic Party Central Committee (SCDPCC) as sheriff, has not thought very well of George T. Maier's character.

Yesterday, The Report learned new information that plunges Maier to the lowest level possible on the SCPR's scale of rating character.

Maier in December, denied a "reserve" deputy sheriff commission to retired Stark County deputy sheriff Dan Altieri who also happens to be - in the estimate of the SCPR - an American military hero.
  • SCPR Note:  For the time that Altieri served as a reserve deputy sheriff, he says he did so for "no pay."
Altieri, an Afghanistan veteran,  told the SCPR yesterday a startling account of a conversation he had with Maier within days of Maier being reappointed by the SCDPCC (December 11, 2013) after having been tossed from office on November 6, 2013 by the Ohio Supreme Court as being unqualified to be sheriff.

To summarize (see more details below) In the conversation, Maier made it clear that because Altieri had supported Lou Darrow for sheriff and had handed out flyers in support of Darrow, he (Maier) would have "to think it over" as whether or not he would commission Altieri as a reserve deputy sheriff so that "he would be qualified" to assume a security job at an area college.

Take a first hand view/listen as Altieri in 2011 is interviewed by a military officer about his sterling military career:


Highlights of the video include:
  • 24 years (then, in 2011) 27 by the time he retired in 2012 as deputy sheriff [in the jail division],
  • 9 years, the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine, achieving Sergeant Major status, engaging in some 125 combat missions,
  • 11 deployments over 28-1/2 years as an active duty and reservist Marine,
  • combat deployments (Infantry):
    • Grenada, 1983
    • Beruit Lebanon, 1983/1984
    • Desert Storm, 1990
    • Iraq, 2005
    • Afghanistan, 2011
  • Altieri awards:
    • the Bronze Star, 
    • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 gold star with combat device), 
    • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (1 gold star), and 
    • Combat Action Ribbon (1 gold star).     

In addition to his heroic military service sacrifice for you and I to be freedom enjoying Americans exercising our Constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of association, the SCPR thinks Altieri courageously stood his ground in exercising his Constitutionally protected political right to support Lou Darrow in the face of a bullying George T. Maier.

The arrogant Maier questioned the American hero Altieri's trustworthiness.

How dare he!

Here's Alteri's account of the conversation about getting a reserve deputy sheriff commission.

A few days after Maier was reappointed sheriff by the SCDPCC, he pulled Altieri aside:  (a paraphrase)

Maier:  "I didn't appreciate your handing out Lou Darrow flyers. The flyers are very offensive to me and my family."

Altieiri:  "There was nothing in those flyers that didn't appear on the front page of the newspaper."

Maier:  "Because of your passing out those flyers, I can't trust you."

Altieri:  "I worked at the sheriff's department for 27 years and in doing so demonstrated my trustworthiness."

Maier:  "Do you think I am qualified to be sheriff?"

Altieri:  "No I don't in that the Ohio Supreme Court has said you were not qualified."

Maier:  "You are not a team player.  I will have to give you a call back on the matter of your continuing as a reserve deputy as to whether or not I will grant you a commission for a new term."

Does anybody reading this blog think George T. Maier called back?

Of course not!

Here is a copy of an email received by Altieri in January, 2014:

Dan Nicholas Altieri

Dear Officer Altieri,

This notice is to inform you that the Stark Co. SO [Stark County Sheriff's Office] recently filed paperwork with our office indicating that your appointment with Stark Co. SO has ended effective 01/31/14.  If you feel this paperwork was submitted in error, please contact your agency.

If you have any questions for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission regarding this notice, please contact Justin Hykes at (740) 845-2716 or Justin.Hykes@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.


Judith I. Wilson
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
Professional Standards Section
Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Office number: 740-845-2668
Fax number: 740-845-2675
Email:  ...

The SCPR thinks the behavior is tantamount to Maier foisting an "abuse of discretion" (of a power that he had as the representative of the people of Stark County; not a personal, private power as he seems to think) on Altieri.

Stark Countians should be outraged!

What an insult to an American military hero, no?

A man who risked "life and limb" to keep this country free and a thriving democratic-republic.

And where has Maier political pal Shane Jackson (Stark County Democratic Party political director) been; the self-appointed guardian of the sacrosanct?

He should have been way ahead of the SCPR in chastising his buddy for his treatment of one of Stark County's finest warriors, no?

Among Maier's glaring negative qualities (if one can get through all the "splash and dash"), one should include hypocrisy.

Maier has participated in job fairs specifically targeting military veterans; he mouths his respect for veterans and yet he treats the militarily distinguished Dan Altieri - in the name of Stark Countians in his capacity of sheriff - in a manner which is disgraceful.

For those who know anything at all about this guy and his out-and-out power politician brother Johnnie A. Maier, Jr (a former Stark County Democratic Party chairman); political vindictiveness shows up time after time after time for those of us who dare to tell them "to take a hike."

To George, trustworthiness is defined as being "ask no questions loyalty" to him individually and his personal political ambitions.


To Altieri, loyalty is defined as being to the American people and to the people of Stark County.

George T. Maier, in the view of the SCPR, behaved shamefully with American military hero and Stark Countian "I will exercise my Constitutional rights" Dan F. Altieri.

After December 23, 2013 (the end date for Altieri's Swanson issued commission) and Maier's failure for obvious political recrimination reasons, Altieri was no longer qualified to do police work in Ohio.

And, as the SCPR understands it, Maier is said to have known that his denial of the commission would jeopardize Altieri's employment.

To the credit of three area police chiefs (Navarre, Perry Township and Hartville), Altieri had alternative opportunity to get credentialed.

Predictably, he took up the offer of Hartville Chief of Police Larry Dordea (Maier's November 4th opponent) and is working as a part-time Hartville police officer.

For most of his life, Altieri has been a political independent.  But over the last 8 years he says he considers himself to be a Republican.

During those years he served under Democrat Tim Swanson.  And had Mike McDonald not tragically succumbed to a terminal illness and could not take office on January 7, 2013, Altieri says that he would have stayed on in a McDonald administration of the office.

He had high regard for McDonald.

Obviously, he does not for Maier.

He does support Dordea's election and expects him to be successful.

However, should Dordea not be elected, Altieri says that he could be looking to run against Maier in November, 2016.

Of course, Altieri is not the first nor is he likely to be the last to catch the ire of George T. Maier for refusing personal political loyalty to Maier over the interests of the people and the rule of law.

Altieri's problem with Maier is eerily similar to that experienced by Lawrence Township trustee Michael Stevens.

When he was supervisor in the Street Department of Massillon city government (Francis H. Cicchinelli, Jr. administration), he had a dispute with Maier over Kathy Catazaro-Perry signs for mayor being in the public right-of-way, to wit:


Isn't shocking that the man would be "the elected by the people" sheriff of Stark County would be "vulgar and out-of-control" and hurling "f ..." bombs around.

If a ordinary citizen gets under his skin, is the Stevens example in the offing?

How crude for a man who "dresses to the nines," no?

And, of course, there is the Columbus Dispatch article of August, 28 2008 in which there were allegations that Maier had been abusive of Ohio State Patrol officers.

In recent days the SCPR received a mailing of a copy of an Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) investigation on the vetting or lack of vetting that a candidate was subjected to in his getting a top level job with the ODPS.

The investigation, as interpreted by the SCPR, seems to indicate that top level employee was hired without being vetted about the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from the Ohio State Patrol (OSP) and his failure to indicate same on his written application after the fact of his ODPS hiring.

The investigative report shows that Maier (assistant director at the ODPS) knew about the apparent OSP firing (which occurred years earlier) and talked about it with others within the ODPS but was of the mind that "everybody deserves a second chance."

Unless, if your name is Dan Altieri, who, of course, did nothing wrong.

There was "no mercy" for a man who was exercising his Constitutional rights.

But if George likes you and, apparently, even if he thinks the dismissal was appropriate action, being "a friend of George's" is all it takes to get him to look the other way.

It turns out that the top level official had not only one omitted apparent firing, but another.

What is not clear about the investigation is whether or not Maier knew about the second incident.

The SCPR thinks it is likely that he did.

So what, one might say.

Well, doesn't one have to question his judgment?

Add this to all Maier's other questionable qualities and it is just a bit scary - it is Halloween season, you know -  that this guy might become the "elected" sheriff of Stark County?

APPENDIX

Most recent Altieri biography:

Sergeant Major Dan Altieri completed boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina on 23 March 1983 and was assigned to the United States Marine Corps Military Police School at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

In July of 1983 Private First Class Altieri reported for duty at 2D Military Police Company, 2D Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he served as a  rifleman.

He deployed in October of 1983 as an attachment to Echo Company, 2D Battalion, 8th Marines where he participated in Operation URGENT FURY, the invasion, evacuation, and liberation of the island of Grenada.

Later in November of 1983, he participated in shore based combat operations with the Multi-National Peace- Keeping Force in Beirut, Lebanon.

He was then later deployed to Cairo, Egypt in July of 1985 on Operation BRIGHT STAR with Golf Company 2D Battalion, 6th Marines.
While at 2D Military Police Company he served in the following billets: Rifleman, Fire Team Leader, and Squad Leader until December, 1986 when he obtained the rank of Sergeant.         He began his Marine Corps Reserve career in 1989 with 2D Military Police Company (B-), Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His detachment was mobilized during Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM from February 1991 to July of 1991 and performed a joint NATO Operation in Northern Norway, and then stateside duty in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with Brigade Service Support Group 2 (BSSG-2). While at Military Police Company (B-) he held the following billets: Training NCO, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Company Gunnery Sergeant, Company First Sergeant, and Platoon Commander.

        He was promoted in 1995 to Staff Sergeant and in 1997 to Gunnery Sergeant.

In May of 2001 he was promoted to First Sergeant and he then assumed the duties of Company First Sergeant for Lima Company, 3D Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division in Columbus, Ohio.

During his tour of duty, Lima Company won the 2001 Super Squad Competition for 4th Marine Division, conducted Counter-Terrorism Training in Israel in 2004, and then later completed a successful combat tour with Regimental Combat Team 2, 2D Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in Al-Anbar Province, Iraq during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF 04-06) in 2005. There he participated in such notable combat operations as Operation MATADOR, NEW MARKET and SWORD.

On 25 March 2006 he was promoted to the rank of Sgt Major and was assigned as the Sergeant Major for 3d Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division.

        As the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Sergeant Major, he conducted training operations in Queensland, Australia in 2007, and had a successful combat tour with 1st Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF10.0/10.1) in 2010-2011.      
                                       
       In May 2011, Sgt Major Altieri was assigned as Regimental Sergeant Major for 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. During his tenure at 25th Marine Regiment, he assisted in the readiness of his units going to and from Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (10.1/10.3), and multiple security operations.

       Sgt Major Dan Altieri retired on 1 June 2013, after serving more than 30 years of both active and reserve service.

       Sergeant Major Dan Altieri’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/ 2 gold star in lieu of 3rd award and combat distinguishing device), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (w/ gold star in lieu of 2nd award), Army Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon (w/ gold star in lieu of 2nd award).

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DO STARK COUNTIANS PURDY OR ROSS-FREEMAN HAVE A CHANCE TO BE ELECTED TO STATE BD OF ED?


(Extract:  Stark BOE website)
(Photos added)

VIDEOS

KATHLEEN PURDY
CANDIDATE FOR STATE BD OF EDUCATION
8TH DISTRICT

IDA ROSS-FREEMAN
CANDIDATE FOR STATE BD OF EDUCATION
8TH DISTRICT

Can Stark Countians Kathleen Purdy or Ida Ross-Freeman defeat  a"shopworn"  Mahoning County Democrat in next month's general election?

Probably not.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY FAVORITE
ROBERT F. HAGAN

The "big guns" in Ohio Democratic politics went out and got 27 year (between serving in the Ohio House/House) legislator (Robert F. Hagan ["Bobby" to his political insider friends] ) of the Youngstown area to run for the State Board of  Education (SBOE) seat currently held by Lake Township's Deborah Cain.

Cain is being term limited out and has signed on as a candidate in a "sure to lose" Ohio House challenge in


the 50th House District (gerrymandered heavily Republican) currently held by incumbent Republican Christina Hagan of Marlboro Township.

The likely winner in Ohio 8th State Board of Education District - the SCPR thinks - is going to be Robert Hagan (no relation to Christina) who is another "political hanger-oner" who is leaving the legislature because of term limits.

He is perhaps Ohio's most "liberal" Democrat.

STARK COUNTIAN (ALLIANCE)
KATHLEEN  PURDY

And that perception in the largely rural 8th might provide an opportunity for a more politically moderate candidate such as Kathleen Purdy of Alliance to pull an upset.


A 26 year middle school teacher in the Plain Local Schools, Purdy, in a video interview with the SCPR, was beside herself that the Ohio Education Association (OEA) endorsed Hagan over her.



Purdy, who has served on the Stark County committee which selects from Stark County candidates for various offices for  the OEA's endorsement, seemed shocked that she did not get the endorsement over Hagan.

All her amazement tells the SCPR is that she does not understand the symbiotic relationship between the Ohio Democratic Party and the state level Ohio Education Association.

A tipoff on the relationship is a blog on the Plunderbund website which gives this description of the "political" importance of who gets elected to the SBOE:
When the Ohio General Assembly passes legislation regarding education-related policies, most of the components direct the State School Board to interpret and implement the changes.  As a result, electing members that truly support public education is an important and often overlooked step that Ohioans can take to help to ensure that public schools have the best advocates making these decisions.
And here is a LINK to a page on Plunderbund which includes a list of Plunderbund endorsed candidates for the SBOE which includes none other than the wife of the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) chairman Chris Redfern:


Although George T. Maier, the Stark County Democratic Party Central Committee "appointed" sheriff was willing to have his picture taken with her at a recent political function, his brother and Stark County political operative extraordinaire Johnnie A. Maier, Jr (a friend of Redfern and former Stark Co. Dems chairman) was unable to get the state Dems to  endorse Purdy over Hagan, if he tried.


Knowing Johnnie, the SCPR is skeptical that he would buck the state party for a run-of-the-mill Stark County Democrat.

Though the Ohio Department of Education website presents the SBOE as the non-partisan entity it is as a matter of Ohio law, to wit:


Don't believe it!  Who gets appointed to the board by the governor is highly political.

Ohio voters do get elect 11 of the members.   And the Columbus-based Ohio Democratic Party is challenging in 7 of the 11.  The Ohio Republican Party is putting on an "all-out" fight to - with the addition of most of Republican Governor John Kasich's 8 appointee - to control the implementation and interpretation that the aforementioned (above) Plunderbund quote.

STARK COUNTIAN (CANTON)
IDA ROSS-FREEMAN

Ida Ross-Freeman did surprise nearly every Stark County political pundit in getting elected to the Canton City Schools Board of Education (CCS-BOE) two years ago.  There were two seats up for election.  She came in second in a three person race.

The SCPR's perception is that she has been somewhat of a controversial board member.

Were she to win in the 8th would surpass her surprise win in 2011.

Don't count on it.

The SCPR spoke with her at the Stark County Foundation Community Engagement Candidates Forum this past Monday.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

ABSENT STARK CO. OFFICEHOLDERS - CANDIDATES INSULT VOTERS & THEREBY UNDERMINE VOTER PARTICIPATION IN DEMOCRACY?



UPDATE: 09:00 PM

Martin,

In response to your recent post regarding Stark County officeholders participation in democracy, I am writing to clarify what you perceived as my lack of participation in 2013.  There are three documents attached.  The first page is an email that I sent to Ms. Jones that included my completed questionnaire, which according to the invitation, served as my reservation for the 2013 Neighborhood Showcase and Town Hall Meeting.  The next two pages are the actual questionnaire.  You will note that it is complete.  From my email you can see that it was sent to Ms. Jones in time, as per the instructions.   The last page is a letter that I wrote to Mr. Samolczyk the evening of the event after I was turned away for not having turned in my questionnaire.   

As you can see, I had every intention to participate.  Upon arrival I was told that I had not returned my questionnaire.  At that point I drove home, printed a copy of my email and returned to be told that I didn’t have my materials turned in and that I would need to leave.

Your post stated that you would like to see the 33 non-participants apologize.  I however, will not be apologizing.  As you can see, I did my part.  Perhaps apologies should be coming from the person who was keeping track of the reservations.

Sincerely,

John M. Rinaldi EM,C


ORIGINAL BLOG

VIDEOS

STARK COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
DIRECTOR - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

 MARILYN THOMAS JONES

ASSESSES
10TH ANNUAL SCF CANDIDATES FORUM

In recent months the SCPR (in a series) and another Stark County media outlet has written about the extremely poor voter turnout in recent times on the part of Stark County voters.

The focus of the SCPR series was the May, 2014 primary election in which a mere 13.9% of Stark Countians bothered to vote,

One would think that those who hold office would have a nearly 100% voter turnout, no?

Wrong!

It was about 80%.  While way higher than the 13.9%, 80% is still an indictment of those who hold the public trust not supporting our democratic/republican system of politics and government by participating at "the most basic of levels."

So it should be no surprise that those who expect you and I to participate in our government processes and respect the "rule of law" they administer, demonstrated - the SCPR thinks - hypocritical conduct this past Monday, October 13th, when only about 50% of invited Stark County officials/candidates for public office in next month's general election showed up to a Stark County Foundation sponsored candidates forum (the 10th annual such event) held at the McKinley Grand.


As the SCPR is wont to do, today's blog names names (and shows pictures [see graphic above]) of those 11 (12 of the 23 "live in Stark County" did show) Stark County-based officeholders/candidates who insulted:
  • the nearly 100 citizens who also showed up,
  • the Stark County Foundation 
and, who, by their absence set an absolutely awful example for day-in, day-out citizens and our obligation (purchased with the blood of America's military men and women) to participate in our political system.

The SCPR realizes that the previous paragraph contains "strong words," but makes no apologies whatsoever.

The Report understands that there are bona fide reasons why an officeholder/candidate cannot participate in a given event.

And so the SCPR asked Marilyn Thomas Jones (Director of Community Engagement, Ex Officio) whether or not the Stark County Foundation received "regrets" from those invited Stark County-based officeholders/candidates who did not show.


Answer?

"Not a one!"

Again, "not a one!!"

And a third time, "not a one!!!"

Thomas Jones told the SCPR that there was an internal debate at SCF as to whether or not the SCF would publish in its professionally done guide the names of those who did not appear and who did not express regrets.

The SCPR compliments those SCF members who prevailed and made the decision to embarrass those who hold or seek to hold the public trust in their  not appearing and being subject to answering the "mere" two questions put to them by SCF selected interlocutors for a total of 3 minutes in accounting to the voting Stark County public.

The Report is told that had a given officeholder/candidate expressed "regrets," the plan was for the entire text to be published in the program guide.

Well, at the very least, their failure to express regrets saved the Foundation some money on the ink cost factor in publishing them in the guide.  (obviously, dripping with sarcasm on the SCPR's part)

The Stark County Political Report challenges the following listed officeholders/candidates to explain to Stark Countians why they did not attend the SCF event, and, at the very minimum, express regrets.

  1. Janet Weir Creighton, unopposed, Stark County commissioner,
  2. Christina M. Hagan, state representative, 50th Ohio House District,
  3. William B. Hoffman, unopposed, judge, Fifth District Courft of Appeals,
  4. Scott Oelslager, state senator, 29th Ohio Senate District,
  5. Kirk Schuring, unopposed, state representative, 48th Ohio House District,
  6. Deborah L. Cain, candidate, 50th Ohio House District,
  7. Dixie Park, unopposed, judge, Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division,
  8. Stephen D. Slesnick, state representative 49th Ohio House District,
  9. Frank G. Forchione, unopposed, judge, Stark County Court of Common Pleas, General Division,
  10. Jeff Gruber, Canton City School treasurer running for Stark County auditor,
  11. Tayrn Heath, unopposed, judge, Stark County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
Now on to the Kudos.

First, the Stark County Foundation for putting on such a splendid event.  Particularly to be complimented are:


Second, those officeholders/candidates who took the time and effort to support this worthy event:


Was the 2014 event an anomaly?

Not at all!

In fact, at the 2013 event, only 15 of 36 officeholders or 36 invited appeared:  42% compared to this year's 48%.

And what's worse about the 2013 numbers is that these are the folks who were running for offices that are "the closest to the people," which is to say the city council and board of education level.


Those 2013 officeholders/candidates who by their participation showed that they honor and respect our election process:


A SCPR special mention for 2014 attendees goes to Judge Kristin Farmer of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas.

Though she is unopposed, a status disdained by the SCPR whether or not The Report thinks well of an officeholder, Judge Farmer appeared and fully participated in Monday's event.

She could have cooked up some sort of reason not to attend.  She did not need to benefit from voter contact.

Obviously, she respects and cares about the integrity of America's election system in that she was willing to make herself accessible to the 100 or so attending the SCF candidates forum on Monday night.

Also in line for special recognition is Canton mayor William J. Healy, II, Councilmen Jim Griffin (Ward 3), John Mariol (Ward 7) and Edmond Mack (Ward 8).

None of these Canton public officials are on the ballot this election, but they were present on Monday in support of the SCF annual event to help Stark County's voters be better informed.

The 33 Stark County officials not attending the 2014 and 2013 events need to follow Farmer's example.

Moreover, the missing 33 should be apologizing.

The SCPR for one will publish the apologies on camera or by written word.

How many apologies will be forthcoming?

Here is a SCPR interview of Marilyn Thomas Jones after the meeting with her assessment of the session:


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NORTH CANTON LAW DIRECTOR TIM FOX: "STILL OUT OF CONTROL?"



In hindsight, the Concerned Citizens of North Canton would likely view the following photo with alarm.


Former North Canton Ward 3 councilman Tim Fox making the transition from councilman to law director has turned out to be a nightmare for North Cantonians who want their city council to exercise control over Fox.

As early as September 12, 2012, The Stark County Political Report sensed that there might be "an unholy relationship" between Fox and his former fellow council members.


It is now apparent that there is something about Fox and his relationship to council wherein they are prepared to the last man, the last woman to defend the beleaguered law director from accountability through council (the republican aspect of American government) to citizens (the democratic aspect), whom, of course, (i.e. "the consent of the governed") constitute the authority of any government institution in the United States of America.

But apparently not in North Canton, Ohio.

It has been one fight after another fight after another fight between Law Director Fox and a community political action group which calls itself the North Canton Concerned Citizens (CCNC).

On July 16th of this year, the SCPR "naively," (as it turns out in terms of a continuing effect) wrote that "citizen action works" in assessing the effectiveness of the CCNC in getting North Canton in compliance with the Ohio attorney general's office (OAG) notion of what constitutes compliance with Ohio's Open Records law.

The problem?

Law Director Fox was telling OAG officials how wrong the office was on its interpretation of the law.

Under pressure from the CCNC, North Canton City Council and Mayor David Held (who staunchly defends Fox on any pronouncement he makes as if "it as come down from God Almighty), Fox was "brought to heel" on the public records matter.


The SCPR no longer believes that there is any check on Fox within North Canton government and that the mayor and council have allowed him to become "a virtual law unto himself."

At times, it appears that Fox runs North Canton government in its entirety.

Accordingly, The Report thinks that citizens and groups like the CCNC need to square up with the obvious political reality of Fox's excessive control and to start work now to replace four councilpersons, any four, of the currently sitting councilpersons come November, 2015 with four North Cantonians who are committed to reining Fox in.

On May 28, 2014 long time council clerk Gail Kalpac resigned.

While she never said so herself as a matter of the public record, it is believed that she was a victim "the impossibility" of working for Fox who many think is a "my way or the highway" type of government official.


Last night, CCNC president Jamie McCleaster presented at North Canton Council's "Public Speaks."

The topic?

You've got it!

Out-of-control Law Director Tim Fox.

This time Fox is disputing the Ohio Auditor of State office's take on the legality of how North Canton government (presumably on Fox's advice) has gone about implementing a "comp time" policy for non-exempt North Canton employees who work beyond a 40 hour work week.

The CCNC does not oppose the policy change.

However, the concerned citizens are concerned that the manner in which is not the proper way and that when the Ohio auditor's offices comes to North Canton to do its next annual audit that employee beneficiaries of the comp time policy change will be required to pay money into the North Canton treasury for time off taken pursuant to - according to the state auditor's office - the illegal way the policy change has been handled so far.

Undoubtedly, the SCRP thinks, in digging deeper in the CCNC's protest - of the apparently Fox advised comp time policy change on the basis of questionable legal authority - runs deeper than the change itself.

The Report thinks that there is "a pitched battle" between Fox, the mayor and council on one hand and the CCNC and other citizens on the other hand, and, that it is a matter of political will as to whom is going to prevail.

While the SCPR applauds the CCNC for using "the bully pulpit" of "Public Speaks" to try to get council to assert control over Fox, it is apparent that nothing short of a reconstitution of council with at least four votes committed to controlling Fox will work in getting the law director under control.

Otherwise, the prospects are for persistent, continuing conflicts between Fox and the citizens.

The issues will change, but the underlying dynamic - the CCNC perception of an "out-of-control law director - will remain the same.

It is hard to see how North Canton government can function efficiently and effectively in this environment of chronic strife.

In the graphic at the lead of this blog, the SCPR - by way of example - lined out the names of Councilpersons Foltz, Peters, Werren and Kiesling. Such was not to suggest necessarily that those four be the target come the November, 2015 election.

The CCNC is in the best position in terms of knowing the thinking of existing council members on the matter of reining Fox in and therefore should be the guiding light as to whom should be opposed with vigorous opposition in next year's election.

What follows is a publication of McCleaster's Monday night remarks, to wit:

Statement to North Canton City Council 10/13/14
in regards to comp time for exempt employees
CCNC-PAC

I’m here this evening as the Spokesman of Concerned Citizens of North Canton Political Action Committee. 

Tonight, I’d like to talk about comp time for the city’s exempt employees.

All documents and supporting information that I reference, as well as our recommendations will be provided to you this evening for you to review at your leisure.

In January of this year then Council President Jon Snyder, and the Mayor, without a committee discussion, a passed ordinance, or any public mention took it upon themselves to grant comp time to exempt city employees. 

We have many hard working employees here in North Canton, I’m not here tonight to discuss whether or not they should have comp time, but rather the manner in which this policy, so to speak, was enacted.

Through a public records request from the Ohio Auditor’s office, we have received a chain of emails sent between Finance Director Alger, the Auditor’s Office, Law Director Fox, Administration and all Council members beginning in late March of this year. 

Finance Director Alger asks the Auditor’s office how the city would authorize the comp time “policies.”

On March 24, 2014 Lori Hoffman from the Auditor’s office replied that, and I quote, “in order for the city to follow the [policies], they would have to be approved by council. If they aren’t approved by council at a public meeting, we would not recognize them as being valid ordinances.” 

This response was forwarded by Finance Director Alger to all of council as well as Law Director Fox and the Administration. 

What’s of particular interest is the responses that Mr. Fox gives to the Auditor’s office. 

It’s been well documented and reported that Mr. Fox thinks that the Attorney General’s opinion in regards to Ohio’s Sunshine Laws is “ridiculous,” and judging from his response to the Auditor’s office, he must feel that their opinion is ridiculous too. 

In the end, on April 2, 2014, Mr. Fox, after citing a previous legal case he felt that showed he was still in the right, relented and said that the city will treat this as an ordinance.

That was over six months ago. 

Why has this ordinance not been brought to committee and ultimately passed?

Has Mr. Fox convinced Council that he is right and the Auditor’s office is being ridiculous, and that no ordinance is needed? 

Something needs to be done now to protect our city employees. 

I would hate to see these dedicated, hardworking employees have to repay the city or have their vacation or sick time adjusted for their comp time usage because they were illegally given a benefit by someone who wasn’t able to solely grant said benefit.

Unfortunately the inaction described here is becoming a pattern with this council.

Earlier this year council failed to act when 4 members elected to continue taking health insurance benefits that they weren’t entitled to take, and action only came after public outcry.

This summer, all members of council sat idly by as Law Director Fox failed to follow Ohio’s Sunshine laws, and suppressed citizens requests for electronically transmitted public records. 

Are you receiving bad advice from your Law Director on this and other issues affecting our city? 

Something needs to change. 

The previous inactions were a public embarrassment to the city, and cost three of you financially when repayment of health benefits was necessary. 

Now, I’m afraid your inaction may cost our hard working employees financially. We ask that you bring this issue up for discussion and do right by your constituents and employees at your earliest opportunity.

While you are discussing the subject of comp time we ask that you look into not only what the federal and state governments consider to be an exempt employee and how they can and can’t be compensated based upon hours worked, but also what our peer cities listed in the annual audit do in regards to comp time. 

Wadsworth and Fairview Park offer no comp time to their exempt employees, whereas Perrysburg utilizes flex time which is utilized, quote, “very sparingly, per supervisor approval and according to work load.”

 It’s worth noting that the cities that we contacted that do offer comp time do so through ordinance, not via resolution or memo from the council president.

 Even given that the current exempt ordinance for the City of North Canton specifies that the exempt employees of the city “shall work the necessary hours to properly discharge all duties involved in their respective positions,” the members of Concerned Citizens of North Canton PAC urge you to honor these hard working employees, and to adopt a policy of flex time, such as what is employed in the city of Perrysburg going forward. 

We would recommend that if flex time is issued to an employee, that it be used within the pay period earned, or the period that immediately follows. At the end of the day, whatever your decision, don’t fail to act on yet another important issue!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TWO GOP PARTISANS (JOHN WERREN & JOHN KASICH) DECIDE ON STARK COUNTY JUDGESHIP?


UPDATED:  2:20 PM

Here is a comment by former North Canton councilman Jeff Davies.

As Mr. Davies knows about the SCPR, The Report does not mind "one iota" that readers disagree with SCPR blogs.

Nor does The Report expect agreement from SCPR readers.

Their critical emails get published too.

Thank you, Mr. Davies for reading the SCPR and for commenting on the Hartnett/Werren blog.

Should Judge Werren and/or Councilwoman Stephanie Werren wish to respond to Davies' comment, The Report will welcome same.

The Davies comment:

 Jeff Davies
 Today at 1:05 PM

To:  tramols@att.net

Although I don't always agree with Mr. Olson this article is right on the money.

I am a registered Republican, but I will be voting for Chryssa Hartnett judge for the Stark County Court of Common Pleas General Division in Canton, Ohio.

As this article states Ms. Hartnett is far more qualified than Werren.

Further, I lost respect for Werren when he and his wife, a North Canton Council person, kept her City paid for family health care after North Canton voters voted overwhelmingly to stop family health care for City Council. Four members of North Canton Council, including Ms. Werren, kept their health care benefits in defiance of a legally passed law.

In fairness, it was the city law director's opinion that the law was invalid. However, law directors don't make or change laws, courts do.

It was not until a law suite was filed by citizens of the city, that North Canton Law Director Fox asked the court for a decision on the matter.

Either Judge Werren does not know the law or does not care.

Vote for Chryssa Hartnett.


ORIGINAL BLOG

VIDEOS

HARTNETT & WERREN
AT
Stark County Foundation
Community Engagement Forum
October 13, 2014

Readers of The Stark County Political Report know that, perhaps, more than any other factor, The Report "loathes" having political insiders decide who should hold public office.

In Ohio, one of the primary routes to getting an appointed office is through the governor's office.

A main subgroup of gubernatorial appointments is getting appointed by the governor as a judge.

Judges retire, judges pass away or they simply decide that they do not want to be judges anymore.

One of the ways that organized Democrats and Republicans ensure that a member of their party (we can all agree, can't we, that one's political party i.d. should be the main criterion of one getting to be a judge?) gets an appointment is:
  • to have a stepping-down judge do so before the "official" end of his or her term,
    • SCPR Note:  Stark County had this happen twice in 2012
      • Judge V. Lee Sinclair, and
      • Judge Charles E. Brown, Jr
While the SCPR thinks that Sinclair and Brown were first-rate judges, The Report was less than enthused to have them play the political party game with the Stark County Republican Party.

The "weak GOP thinkers" out there in reader land will object:  "But the Democrats do it."

Indeed, they do!  

To The Report such is no answer at all.   

In engaging this process, the SCPR thinks the participants undermine the public's confidence in our democratic/republican political system primary value of having the people decide who shall serve in public office.

In a recent article, a local media outlet asked the question of why there is such a low voter turnout, pretty much election-in, election-out, in Stark County, and, implicitly, througout the United States of America?

"The answer my friend, is NOT 'blowing in the wind"' but rather in political party schemes as set forth in this blog.

To name names and to point fingers, The Stark County Political Report thinks that Stark County's voters were victimized twice by the Stark County Republican Party under the leadership of Stark County Board of Elections director Jeff Matthews, an appointee of the Stark County Republican Party himself.

And, of course, for you highly partisan types, the SCPR acknowledges that the organized Stark County Democratic Party has its own appointee (deputy director, and one time director when the Democrats controlled the Ohio secretary of state office, Jeanette Mullane).  

To go further in an analysis of "the effect" of such contrivances; one might conclude that our political system is rigged and that "all too many" of our government jobs are manned by folks whose first loyalty is to a political party or a highly partisan elected official and not - as it should be, if our system is to long endure - loyalty first and foremost to everyday voters and taxpayers.

For those who have read the SCPR over the nearly seven years of this blog, The Report has never been shy about naming the names of Stark County's primary offenders in the undermining of our terrific system (at least in theory) encompassing "our body politic."

In that spirit, the SCPR today focuses on the judicial race between Stark County Republican Party recommended and Republican governor John Kasich appointed judge J. Curtis Werren and Stark County assistant prosecutor Chryssa Hartnett.

THE BACKGROUND

J. CURTIS WERREN:

From Judgepedia:

J. Curtis Werren is a judge on the Stark County Court of Common Pleas General Division in Canton, Ohio. ...  He was appointed to the court by Governor John Kasich in June 2013 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former judge Lee Sinclair. Werren assumed the bench on July 8, 2013 and will need to run for election in November 2014 to retain the seat for the remainder of Lee's unexpired term, which ends on January 1, 2017 ... He is running for re-election to the Stark County Court of Common Pleas General Division in 2014. 

An interesting aspect of this face-off between Hartnett and Werren is that "to her credit" (knowing that the Republicans would never, ever abide appointing a Democrat; no matter how qualified not withstanding that Stark's organized Democrats appointed Judge Brown confidant Alex Zumbar as Stark County treasurer on October 31, 2011 to replace the retired/resigned Democrat Gary D. Zeigler), Hartnett applied to be appointed.

Not only when Sinclair quit, did Democrat Chryssa Hartnett apply to the Stark County Republican Party for a recommendation to Republican Governor John Kasich for the appointment to replace him, she also applied when Brown quit in a political process wherein Kristin Farmer (daughter of Stark County 5th District Court of Appeals judge Sheila Farmer) was appointed.

To "add insult to injury," Farmer is running unopposed in this year's election.

Swell, just swell, no?

One more point on the appointment process.

"Republican" Kasich could have ignored the Stark County "Republican Party" recommend list and reached out to Democrats inasmuch as he bills himself as governor of "all" the people.

But he didn't.

And "by their fruits ye shall know them" applies to Kasich.  His deeds show that he knows where his "political bread" is buttered and therefore his individual political interest - at least in the Stark County judge selection case - triumphs.

Shame on Governor Kasich!

Oh! he will win in a landslide and may drag Curt Werren in with him on November 4th.   But that is only because the Democrats completely blew it in selecting Ed FitzGerald as their nominee.

Some political cynics think that the Democratic and Republican organized leadership collude to develop a list wherein they agree to discourage opposition from within their respective party ranks.

The SCPR is not among those so thinking, but can see why some might think so.

But it is clear that Stark County's organized political parties cannot function well enough to ensure political competition within the county.

Another example the obvious reality is that the Stark County Republican Party organization has completely given up on putting up candidates in Canton City Council races.

It is hard to think of a greater disservice by this political party to the citizens of Canton.

Going back to Judgepedia on Werren:


The SCPR highlighted two of the Werren career path items in as a signal as to where the voting Stark County should dwell in assessing whether or not Curt Werren is a person they should want to be on the Stark County bench.

THE GREEN HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS

"2010-2013: Executive Director, American Red Cross, Stark County Chapter."

To the SCPR, for a person to lose "direct" contact with the legal system for three, four years is no little matter.

"1992-2010:  Attorney/Partner/Of Counsel, Day Ketterer, Ltd, Attorneys at Law." (emphasis added)

The Report is told that Werren is making a really big deal about being "of counsel" for his old law firm (Day, Ketterer, Ltd, one of Canton's finest).

For those of us who understand such matters, being "of counsel" is a "lame substitute" being actively and directly engaged in the practice of law.

On that count alone, it was an outrage, the SCPR thinks, that Stark's Republicans and Kasich would consider Werren for an appointment.

Digging a little deeper in to the Day, Ketterer factor, the Stark County Public should know that one of the deans and very best rainmakers within the firm is Werren's father John.

From what the SCPR is being told, it appears that if Curt's last name was not Werren, he would not have landed a job at Day, Ketterer.

And, indications are, is that one of the reasons, if not the chief reason, Curt Werren left for the American Red Cross is a general perception that "he was not cutting it" at Day, Ketterer.

But for Curtis Werren thrusting himself into the process of replacing Sinclair as a Stark County judge (i.e. public official), the SCPR would not be writing about the American Red Cross/Day, Ketterer thing.

Undoubtedly, Werren and his supporters will want to claim foul.

But the SCPR wants to hear none of it.

When the likes of Werren get into the public sector, you can be sure that The Stark County Political Report will bore in and try to make a determination as to whether or not a given person belongs in the position they seek.

The SCPR thinks that Werren does not.

Moreover, John Werren is, in an unofficial sort of way, a very powerful (in terms of influence) Stark County Republican.

The SCPR takes a dim view of those public officials who have excessive political factors in their attaining public office.

One of the responses that Werren gave (see the full video clip of the Werren/Hartnett segments of the forum below) at last night's Stark County Foundation candidate "community engagement" event was that since Kasich appointed him, he bragged, he has processed 1600 cases.

To the SCPR, for him to focus on quantity rather than on the quality disposition of cases is cause for alarm for voters.

Another factor should readers of the SCPR take very seriously is that Werren (a sitting judge, mind you) in an anonymous poll of Stark County Bar Association membership and the Stark County legal community-at-large, Werren was deemed to be "recommended" whereas Hartnett achieved "highly recommended" billing.

Isn't that interesting?

In the video presented below, Werren tries to relate to Canton's neighborhood associations.

Chalk it up to SCPR skepticism, but The Report seriously doubts that the Curtis Warren family lives in a neighborhood that is representative of neighborhoods that most Cantonians/Stark Countians live in.

That little ditty, the SCPR thinks, was a lame attempt for somebody who is likely a full-fledged member of Stark County's pooh-bah class trying to be just an average guy.

Werren should just try to be who he is and jettison the artificial.

There is nothing wrong with being part of the upper crust of Stark County society.

Just cut the artificiality.

Had Werren not impliedly brought the "class difference" in his play to common garden variety neighborhoods, the SCPR would not think such a discussion to be relevant.

The SCPR thinks that the Werren foray into that territory is so demeaning and insulting to the day-in, day-out Stark Countian that it deserves highlighting.

CHALLENGER:  CHRYSSA HARTNETT

Chryssa Hartnett, on the other hand, seems to be the polar opposite of Werren on the political connectedness front.


To The Report, her "objective" legal qualifications far supercede anything in Curt Werren's background.

A prosecutor for the better part of 19 years, Hartnett has been in the heart of many a legal fray prosecuting major Stark County sited criminals.

Here is a list of some of the most noteworthy cases that Assistant Prosecutor Hartnett has been a primary factor in prosecuting:

1.   State v. Bobby Lee Cutts Jr. (a Canton police officer convicted of killing Jessie Marie Davis),

2.   State v. James Mammone III (killed his mother-in-law and his two children),

3.   State v. Chester R. Crank (killed 87 year old veteran Benny Angelo),

4.   State v. Eric Howard  (former star North Canton football player and convicted rapist),

5.   State v. Alan Aeschlimann (killed 2 year old Bri’Sean Gamble),

6.   State v. Jeremy Joseph  (Pizza delivery rapist),

7.   State v. Charles Pore (sentenced 47 years to life for rape),

8.   US v. Vincent Frustaci (appointed as Special US Prosecutor to handle case),

9.   State v. Jeffrey Phillips (killer of former Alliance firefighter James Leeson), and

10.  State v. Marcellus Hudson (killer of postal worker Jennifer Milburn).

Hartnett's credentials are impressive and she appears to be as close as someone who would want to run gets to being an everyday person who can relate to Stark County's grass roots citizenry.

Undoubtedly, Hartnett, who, ironically again, is married to an attorney who works at Day, Ketterer, is in the top 1% of American financial/economic circles.

But to her credit, she did not try to suggest that runs in the same social circles as most of us assembled at the McKinley Grand last night.

The Stark County Political Report is not into doing endorsements per se.

The Report, however, does not mince words about the conduct and history of various folks who want to be our governors and therefore recognizes that it is clear on a run of blogs about as to whom the SCPR see favorably/unfavorably.

The Report's take is just that.

Each and every reader needs to make up his/her own mind as to whether or not the SCPR viewpoint is shared by them.

Each and every Stark County voter as a obligation to the greater Stark County community to be an informed voter who makes her/his own decision and is not ruled by a political party allegiance, or employment and other associations/connections with a given candidate.

Our democratic/republican political system will only thrive when voters vote what they perceive to be in the public interest and not in a political party or political candidate's interest.

Here is the video on the Hartnett/Werren segments of last night's Stark County Foundation community engagement forum.


Monday, October 13, 2014

OH! HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN FROM "BACK IN THE DAY?"



Circa 2006, 2007, & 2008, former Stark County state representative Johnnie A. Maier, Jr was "at the top" of his political game.

During his stint as Stark Dems chairman (2003 through 2009), the Dems managed to capture every Stark County-wide (non-judicial) elected office.

He must have had a premonition that "all Hell was going to break loose" as he resigned as party chairman and left his successor and prime member of his personal political loyalty group; namely, Randy Gonzalez, to "pick up the pieces" as what local civic activist Craig T. Conley termed as being Zeiglergate broke loose on April 1, 2009.

Since then:
  • Zeigler resigned/retired in an agreement with Stark County commissioners on October 19, 2011
  • In 2012 Republican Richard Regula (in a major political surprise defeated by Democrat Todd Bosley in 2006) reclaimed his commissionership in replacing Democrat Pete Ferguson (elected in 2008 but who decided not to seek reelection)
  • In 2010, Republican Janet Creighton easily defeated Maier/Gonzalez political confidant Steven Meeks (appointed by the Dems in 2007 to replace Tom Harmon [resigned in 2009]),
  • In 2010, Bosley
    • who along with Harmon [appointed by the Dems to replace Strickland administration appointee [lottery commission] and therefore former commissioner Gayle Jackson [2007],
      • voted in December, 2008 to "impose" a 1/2 cent sales tax on Stark Coutians,
      • and, therefore, apparently concluding that he could not win reelection as commissioner instead ran for state representative, the 50th District, a suffered a massive political defeat
  • In 2010, Democrat Stark County auditor who was apparently thought by Stark County voters to be too politically close to Zeigler and did not do enough to raise alarms that "all may not be well" in the Stark County treasury headed by Zeigler, lost in convincing fashion to Republican Alan Harold,
So there you have "a thumbnail sketch" of how the Stark County political empire that Johnnie A. Maier, Jr had worked so hard to create had come crashing down.

Maier got his start back in 1988 when he had the good fortune "be in the right place, at the right time."  Stalwart Republican icon "Red" Ash (the, at the time, 49th House District, which became the 56th and then the 50th) had run into legal troubles and Maier was there "to pick up the pieces."



Over his years of chairman and a Massillon clerk of courts, Maier worked equally hard - if not more so - to develop a cult-like following of his personal political aspirations, to wit:


He had come home (Massillon area) from "the high reaches" of Columbus where he fraternized with the all-powerful Vern Riffe, Jr. (Speaker of the House 1975 - 1995) and learned "the art of cultivating and mastering" political power.

Many think Riffe used political power for the public good whereas there are those who think that student Johnnie, Jr applies it to his personal interests.

One of the devices of governance that the Republicans used in 1992 to wrest power from te Democrats was to support voter passage of term limits in Ohio.

Under the term limits legislation, representatives were limited to eight (8) consecutive years in office.

Accordingly, Maier, Jr had to find a more secure and nesting place and in a show of what was to come from this disciple of Vern Riffe, he put a political power move on fellow Democrat Edward L. Radel, Jr and ousted him as clerk of Massillon Municipal Court earlier in 1999.

Maier went on to defeat Republican Richard Reichel by an overwhelming majority in 1999 general election.


All of the foregoing is to demonstrate that Maier is now "on life support" to salvage what remains of his Stark County based political empire.

And that, folks, is his "all-out, all consuming" effort to get his brother George (who he likely got Ted Strickland to appoint as assistant director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety) elected as Stark County sheriff.

A victim of the Maier obsession with getting his brother elected may be "top-gun" prosecutor Chryssa Hartnett.

Chryssa works for Stark County prosecutor John Ferrero (who along with former sheriff Tim Swanson have worked against George becoming sheriff, appointed and/or elected).

The SCPR believes that the Maiers are soaking up nearly all the financial resources that Stark Dems can raise and that Hartnett may not be able to garner enough campaign funds to get her message out to the Stark County voting public that she is - so the SCPR thinks - is vastly more qualified to be judge of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas that Republican Curtis Werren.

Before being appointed by Republican governor John Kasich to a court vacancy,  Werren was president of the Stark County chapter of the American Red Cross.

Republican Larry Dordea who ran a, more or less, "gentlemens' campaign" when he ran in 2008 against incumbent sheriff Tim Swanson (who is now on the outs with the Maiers), is now in, what he says (as interpreted by the SCPR) is - to be kind to the Maiers, not that they deserve it - a "political hardball" fight in its harshest form with George (Link to blog detailing Dordea's accusations, implied and otherwise).

But Dordea needs to understand, this may be Johnnie's "Custer's Last Stand."  That is to say, electing George sheriff.

For next year, it might be that his political creation Kathy Catazaro-Perry, mayor of Massillon, whose election in 2011 Maier engineered over long time Maier political foe and two decades plus mayor Francis H. Cicchinelli, Jr, will be defeated for a second term if she chooses to run.

Even with Catazaro-Perry's election in 2011, Maier showed he was slipping in that, while he was focusing on Catazaro-Perry's mayoralty quest, the Democrats lost control of Massillon City Council.

For those who do not know, Massillon is staunchly Democratic.

Not to be forgotten is Maier's "all-out" sponsorship of Celeste DeHoff for state representative in his, more or less, old District.

He prevailed on then Governor Ted Strickland (who, recognized Johnnie to be the first county chairman to endorse him in the Democratic primary), former U.S. Senator John Glenn, Senator Sherrod Brown, and then-Ohio treasurer Richard Cordray to come to Canal Fulton to campaign for DeHoff.

Since then, DeHoff has fallen on hard times.

But she was and out-and-out Maier loyalist.  And that appears to be all that matters to Johnnie and George.

In 2012, perhaps, Johnnie's closest political ally; namely, Judge Edward Elum of the Massillon Municipal Court was disciplined by the Ohio Supreme Court.

In a rare display of Johnnie A. Maier, Jr loyalty to anyone other than himself, so the SCPR thinks, he did submit a letter in support of Elum's quest to avoid discipline by the high court.

The SCPR thinks Dordea may have seen nothing yet compared to "what is yet to come."

When the political end comes for Johnnie A. Maier, Jr., he will go down - not in a whimper - but in a thunderous crash.

There will be great wailing and gnashing of teeth with Maier, Jr and his cult of followers.

But Maier's political demise might not be yet.

It all depends on the November 4, 2014 outcome between brother George and Dordea.

That's "how high the stakes are" in this election!

Friday, October 10, 2014

COMPARE DORDEA & MAIER - A SCPR ANNIMATION



As a "public service," The Stark County Political Report presents a animated video on the campaign points of Hartville Chief of Police Larry Dordea (a Republican) in his November 4, 2014 face-off against Stark County Democratic Party appointed sheriff: George T. Maier.



As a "public service," The Stark County Political Report presents a animated video on the campaign points of George T. Maier, Stark County Democratic Party appointed sheriff (December 11, 2013) in his match up with Hartville Chief of Police Larry Dordea (Maier's Republican opponent) in their November 4, 2014 face-off.