Monday, October 20, 2008
DISCUSSION: IS DORDEA FINALLY GETTING HIS CAMPAIGN IN SHAPE?
Congratulations to The Repository for doing excellent editorial work (10/14/2008) on Dordea v. Swanson county sheriff race, buttressed by an outstanding follow-up by reporter Kelli Young (10/19/2008).
And congratulations to candidate Larry Dordea for coming up with a "positive" idea or two or three for dealing with the financial problems at the Stark County sheriff's department.
For much of the campaign Dordea has lashed out at Sheriff Swanson (his opponent) in vague terms unsupported by specifics. Maybe, just maybe, that is changing. And change it must, if Dordea is to unseat Swanson.
So what about Dordea's ideas?
First, "making cuts sooner than later." Who can quarrel with this point? With Stark County experiencing severe financial woes, not only Swanson, all county office holders ought to have their budgets under constant review (the heart and soul of Dordea's point) and make efficiency changes without having to be forced do so.
Second, "getting rid of one chief deputy." In these dire economic times this recommendation makes sense. These are truly times when county office holders have to "do more with less." Remaining sheriff department employees will simply have to step up and take on the duties of the eliminated position.
Third, "getting rid of the part-time attorney." Yes, Prosecutor's Ferrero's office should be used to provide legal assistance to the sheriff's department. And, to meet Swanson's objection of delayed response, Ferrero needs to implement an "expedited" means to meet the time needs of Swanson and his department.
As an aside, the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) takes issue with how the prosecutor's office handles the legal work of local government entities. The Report has heard local government unit after local government unit justify hiring its own legal counsel because it takes forever to get anything out of the Stark County prosecutor's office.
Unacceptable! Unfortunately for Stark Countians, Stark County Republican Party chairman Jeff Matthews couldn't find anyone to run against Ferrero. A missed opportunity to raise the "failure to provide timely representation to local government units" issue. A sarcastic "thank you" to Jeff Matthews for failing Stark Countians.
The question: Has sheriff candidate Dordea gotten his campaign headed in the right direction? If so, is he "a day late, and a dollar short?"
Posted by Martin Olson at 8:22 AM