Readers will recall that William J. Healy, II created controversy in his 2007 run for the Canton mayoralty in terms of the number and source of campaign contributions from out-of-town (meaning outside of Canton proper).
While the cast of characters has changed somewhat (i.e. identity of the contributors), the phenomenon hasn't. By the Stark County Political Reports "rough" calculation, it appears that only about 20% of Healy's pre-primary contributions came from Cantonians.
The Report has not gotten to the reports of Smuckler, Conde, and Gerig, it would be surprising indeed if they rivaled William J. Healy, II in this respect.
It is somewhat ironic that Healy would try to portray himself as the arch defender and proponent of Canton's "proprietary?" interest when it comes to involving Canton in efforts by county officials (most notably Stark County Commissioner Pete Ferguson) for mergers/consolidations of Canton/Alliance/Massillon/North Canton (and township) operations on such things as building departments, health departments and 9-1-1 call receiving/dispatch when he obvious thinks the world is his playground when it comes to getting campaign contributions.
Healy's campaign finance geographic list is interesting, to wit:
Another interesting aspect of the Healy contribution list is the number of engineers/engineering firms contributing to the campaign.
A source tells the SCPR that one analysis of the race has it boiling down to Wards 3 and 8. When asked by The Report as to whether or not he agreed with the analysis, Healy opponent Bill Smuckler was skeptical. He says that his campaign is a citywide campaign and he cited former Stark County commissioner/Canton Muny clerk of courts Tom Harmon's work in Ward 5 whereby he stopped by each and every voters home on behalf of Smuckler.
Take a look for yourself at Healy's far flung campaign contributor list.