The STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) has started talking with and assessing the views of candidates for Canton City Council.
This election may be one of the most important in Canton's storied history. As The Report sees it the city is as a crossroads. It seems to have highly deficient leadership these days.
The question becomes this. is there a field of candidates from which voters and draw to change the direction in which Canton is heading?
Between now and May, The Report will be focusing on the Council-at-Large race because there is a potential of 11 candidates for 3 spots - all Democrats.
So far no Republican has gone so far as to even take out a petition. Unless this changes between now and the filing deadline for the primary, whomever survives the Democratic primary will be the the at-large representatives on council.
One of the key issues in this campaign is how each of the candidates see one of Mayor William J. Healy's main campaign themes when in ran for mayor.
Here is candidate Cynthia Vignos view: (CLICK HERE TO SEE CANDIDATE VIGNOS WEBSITE)
What people have to recognize is that "zero tolerance" doesn't mean that crime doesn't take place - it simply means that it won't be tolerated. Personally, I believe that Mayor Healy meant these words to imply that he would do everything within his power to address crime in our city (this is just my interpretation, of course). He is restricted by the limits of his authority, the budget, etc. As we discussed, city council is only capable of so much as well. Obviously, the entire system is going to be more effective and efficient by everyone working together - rather than as adversaries.
Do you agree or disagree with Ms. Vignos?