Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Running the City of Massillon has gotten more and more difficult for Francis H. Cicchinelli, Jr.  By the end of next year he will have been mayor of Massillon for 23 years.  And, he will have been in Massillon government for 37 years.

So the question is:  Does he have four more years in him?

We shall find out this coming Friday as he has scheduled a press conference to make his plans known.  It will be held at the mayor's office at 1:30 p.m.

Whatever decision Cicchinelli makes Friday, he must have been doing something right for the citizens of Massillon to keep returning him to office election after election.

Should he decide to run, the SCPR tags the race to be the toughest election of his political life.

Councilwoman Kathy Catazaro-Perry appears poised to make a run.  But it is interesting to note that a Massillon politically-connected person did suggest to The Report about a month ago that Judge Eddie Elum of the Massillon Municipal Court may be taking a look at running for mayor.  If the report is accurate, do not look for both Catazaro-Perry and Elum to be in the Democratic primary in May, 2011.

The SCPR believes Cicchinelli when he says that Catazaro-Perry is being backed by the likes of former Stark County Democratic Party Chairman Johnnie A. Maier, Jr (currently Massillon clerk of courts) and that will not deter him from running again.

If he decides not to run, The Report thinks that there will be someone from the Cicchinelli wing of the Massillon Democratic Party to meet a challenge from the Catazaro-Perry, Maier and Eddie Elum (Massillon Municipal Court judge) camp.

Any way one looks at the 2011 Massillon mayor's race, it is a fight as to which Massillon Democrats will control Massillon City Hall from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015.

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