UPDATED AT 9:15 AM
It has only happened once in American history.
A political "era of good feeling," that's what!
The Era of Good Feelings was a period in United States political history in which partisan bitterness abated. It lasted approximately from 1816 to 1824, during the administration of U.S. President James Monroe, who deliberately downplayed partisanship. (Wikipedia)But it may be that Stark County politicos are about to bury the political hatchet with the result that the Stark County Democratic Party Central Committee (SCDP - SCDPCC) may select Republican interim Stark County Treasurer Alex Zumbar as the replacement for recently retired/resigned Stark Treasurer Gary D. Zeigler.
By Ohio law, Stark Democrats have the obligation to appoint someone and the right to appoint "one of their own" to replace Zeigler. And it makes political sense that they will do exactly that. For any chance that the Dems might have at retaining the office at next November's election will ride on appointing a well known (countywide) Democrat.
Such a person would have a year to "serve with distinction" and thereby create a public perception that he/she has a record of service deserving of election somewhat on a par with Zumbar.
Being in the political position (chair of the SCDP) he is in, Randy Gonzalez to the Dem party faithful is to do as outlined in the two paragraphs above.
However, he is under substantial pressure to usher in a Stark County political "era of good feeling."
Yesterday, Canton Councilwoman Mary Cirelli issued this press release: (immediately below the Cirelli press release is a response email from Stark Co Dem Chair Randy Gonzalez)
Additionally, at the conclusion of yesterday's county commissioners meeting the SCPR recorded the thoughts of both Commissioner Bernabei and Ferguson on the matter of the SCDP-CC appointing Zumbar, to wit:
The SCPR went across the hall from the commissioners office to get Treasurer Zumbar's reaction, here is the video of his response:
Monday, October 31st will tell the tale of whether or not Stark County's organized Democrats have the political maturity to do what appears to be the best thing for the citizens of Stark County - appoint Republican Alex Zumbar to fill out the unexpired portion of former Treasurer Gary Zeigler's term.
"Era of good feeling" or not, THAT IS THE QUESTION!