Sunday, June 8, 2008


The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) was not impressed with one of newly appointed Stephen Slesnick’s first public pronouncements - his initial equivocation on the severity of the sins of former Ohio attorney general Marc Dann.

But his timidity probably can be attributed to his being new. Stark County needs a strong legislator. Something we haven’t had in Boccieri (D), Healy (D), Hagan (R), Oelslager (R), Okey (D) and Schuring (R).

The Democrats in the group have some excuse. They have been in a minority as is Slesnick. The Republicans have none. They’ve been in a majority/super-majority for a long time, but our Stark County Republicans have very little to show for being part of political dominance.

Other than the Dann matter, Slesnick does seem to be “starting right,” especially on the communication front.

The Report (located in the 50th House District) received Slesnick’s email newsletter within the past few days. Slesnick talks to his constituents about cleaning up Ohio’s environment, stemming foreclosure and economic development.

The Report will be watching Slesnick closely. He shows promise to bring a strength of legislative leadership that Stark County has not seen for a very long time.

The question: Are you encouraged by Stephen Slesknick’s first days in office?

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