As a veteran (USAF) and as the father/father-in-law to two majors (USAF) and a lieutenant colonel (USAF), yours truly deeply respects military service.
But a good military person does not a politician make - necessarily.
The SCPR early take on former U.S. Marine Steve Curtician, who is running against Jackson trustee Jamie Walters and, perhaps, Massillon councilman Donnie Peters, Jr, for the right to be the Republican nominee to run against sitting commissioner Todd Bosley (Democrat - Marlboro), is that he is "a bit over the top."
A bit strange.
Someone who is only known by his family, passes up an opportunity to get some free press?
Second, he writes the SCPR an email on November 18th chastising yours truly for not recognizing him at the November 4th Stark County commissioners meeting.
Mind you, Curtician did not step up and introduce himself.
Third, he emails the SCPR today primarily to pass on a testimonial of Curticians attributes and abilities by a former U.S. Marines major.
Not exactly the way an initiated politician comes out of the political gate.
Testimonials usually come from well known political figures that the voters identify with, nor former Marines officers.
So to say the least, the SCPR is not impressed with Curtician. Maybe over time, the impression will change. If so, it will take a lot of political maturing by Curtician.
The Report is not big on political figures with larger-that-life egos (a la Canton Mayor William J. Healy, II). Curtician just might be just such a person.
Here is the testimonial that Curtician offers up:
First, Curtician speaking for himself:
"I have made a name for myself in the USMC as well as the manufacturing world ... "
Next, the testimonial:
Ken Knarr, Sergeant of the Guard and Orientation Instructor, Marine Corps Security Forces Company, Yorktown, VA worked directly with Steve at SGS Tool Co.Yours truly is always more than a tad skeptical of excessive "self-promoters." When people tout themselves as being "more religious than God," "more statesman like that Winston Churchill," and the like, watch out!
Steve Curtician seems more likely to being a candidate for Marine Commandant than a candidate for Stark County commissioner.
Why in the world did Steve Curtician ever leave the Marines?