"APPLES TO APPLES COMPARISON"
13 PARTICIPANTS IN
SCPR 'PUBLIC SERVICE' EVENT
When the filings were certified by the Stark County Board of Elections as to whom qualified in terms of valid petitions submitted to be candidates for the
Canton Charter Commission,
The Stark County Political Report made this offer to the candidates (LINK to blog):
As is to be seen in the candidate listing graphic above, 16 of the 54 candidates (53, one candidate has withdrawn) expressed an interest in participating and 13 actually showed up to do a 5 minute presentation on the core question presented in advance by The Report, to wit:
If Canton voters approve the formation of a Charter Commission and you are selected by them to staff one of the 15 positions what is your point of view on the following:
Do you favor presenting a Canton charter government structure to Canton voters in November, 2016 that mirrors Canton's current statutory government or do you favor the development of a proposal to voters that changes some aspect of the existing statutory structure of Canton government? If you favor a change, describe the change you would promote in the discussions among the 15 elected commission members and the reasons why you favor said changes.What The Report was not interested in for purposes of this particular blog was the background, experience and whatnot that the various participating candidates have to offer Canton voters voting for commission members.
This blog is an "apples to apples" comparison on the core question(s) as set forth above.
So much of political life across the nation, state and our Stark County is smokescreen designed to confuse voters with irrelevant, self-aggrandizing material.
Anything but meeting issues head on with authentic, to-the-point responses, no?
The SCPR is duly impressed with the 13 who participated in this public service experiment that The Report plans to repeat on various candidate races and issue considerations that Stark Countians have to deal with going forward by this 2015 election season.
In America, we honor the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make to serve in securing the nation from external treats by according them a preference in many employment opportunities.
By analogy Canton Charter Commission voters should accord a preference to the 13 who were willing to answer the same question and thereby present an "apples to apples" comparison upon which voters can assess which of them understood the question and provided "on the mark" responses.
The SCPR proudly presents the 13 participating candidates in alphabetical order.
KATHRYN DEAMES BURGETT
ROBERT A. CAPESTRAIN
RICHARD J. GATIEN
DAN F. McMASTERS
NICHOLAS M. MUSSULIN
DON PETERSON, III
STEPHEN J. RICH
JULIA C. SPARKS
PATRICK G. WYATT