Last Friday when the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) last talked with Larry Dordea, Republican candidate for Stark County sheriff, he was quietly confident of winning come November 4th.
The accompanying photo is a cropped version showing Dordea in a jubilant mood in a article entitled "Former [Alliance] police chief target of jokes at roast in honor of his retirement," by Alliance Review reporter Stephanie Ujhelyi on 2/15/2008.
The question is: Will Dordea be as happy in the late hours of November 4th?
The one thing that seemed to trouble him in The Report's interview was the prospect of a Democratic sweep in the county because voters seem to be looking for Democrats to vote for throughout Ohio and across the nation in this election cycle. Dordea is confident that he is the better candidate on the merits.
Recently, The Report captured Stark County Democratic Party chairman in Canal Fulton at the party's 50th Ohio House District rally for its candidate (see video below) talking about a Democratic sweep in all Stark County races one week from today.
Questions: What is your sense of the voters' mood in Stark County? Is Maier going to prove to be prophetic? If Dordea loses, will be because of the political environment rather than his merit as a candidate?