DISTRICT 3 SECRETARY OF STATE
STARK BOE MEMBER
SAM FERRUCCIO, JR
ST. JOHN RECUSAL ISSUE
On Monday, the Stark County Political Report did a videotaped interview of former Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Robart (28 years) at the Stark County Board of Elections. (BOE/Board)
Robart was at the BOE as an official observer of a Board meeting being held to set off the administrative framework for and setting hearing date on Stark County Democratic Party Central Precinct Committeewoman (SCDP-CC, Massillon 2A) Cynthia Balas-Bratton's "protest" of the Board qualifying George T. Maier (the current SCDP-CC appointed sheriff) as the Democratic candidate for sheriff for the upcoming May 6th primary election.
According to an Akron Beacon Journal story of yesterday his opinion of the likely outcome of the BOE's deliberations firmed up a bit from when it talked with the SCPR on Monday.
Now he is saying that "It is a no brainer" in light of the outcome of Swanson v. Maier, quo warranto (filed February 12, 2013; decided November 6, 2013) finding Maier to be disqualified and ousting him from office.
Maier has since been reappointed by the SCDP-CC on December 11, 2013.
The background of the Robart appointment as a regional liaison (District 3) for the Ohio secretary of is contained in the following excerpts from the ABJ article:
Robart has been tapped as a regional liaison for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office, representing eight counties in Northeast Ohio, including Stark and Portage.
Matt McClellan, a spokesman for Husted, said Robart will be the liaison for Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage, Trumbull, Stark, Mahoning and Columbiana counties. He will attend elections boards meetings in these counties, hold regional meetings and represent Husted at various functions in the area Robart described his new gig as “the eyes and ears of the secretary of state.Here is an encore presentation on the SCPR Robart interview.
In a related matter on questions posed by the SCPR to Democrat Board Member Sam Ferruccio, Jr, Ferruccio says he is optimistic that the BOE will decide today the fate of Candidate Maier.
Moreover, he would not venture into the water of whether or not fellow Democrat Deametrious St. John ought to recuse himself in light of statements recently made by St. John that some think indicates that "made up my mind" predetermined "in favor of" Maier member.
Here is Ferruccio: