A SCPR search of the voting records of the Stark County Board of Elections list Pam Denczak-Henderhan as being a Democrat.
But is she?
A detailed search shows Denczak-Henderhan voted in the Republican primaries in May, 2006 and March, 2004.
Why is her party identification a point of inquiry?
Because she is running as a non-partisan candidate for Canton City Council president against incumbent Democrat candidate Allen Schulman.
There is one more interesting fact about Denczak-Henderhan.
What is that?
She is the daughter of long time Democrat and president (33 years) of Canton City Council Ray Denczak who died in 2006. Ray was recently described by Canton Rep writer Jim Hillibish as being: "an expert in back-room governance, preferably with cigars."
Other than her spotty Democrat/Republican primary voting record, the SCPR recently was in a discussion with a leading Stark County Republican who brought Denczak-Henderhan's name up as an example of how Republicans will try to win office in overwhelmingly Democratic Canton in future elections.
What is the strategy?
Run as non-partisan.
As the SCPR has been writing for some time now, the Stark County Republican Party is in such shambles these days, Republican candidates themselves are apparently looking more and more to run as non-partisans.
With a mere 21% of Stark County voters calling themselves Republicans these days, look for this phenomenon to surface in countywide elections, too.