CREIGHTON EXPLAINS TIMELINE
There was a potential for there to be a controversy as to who would appoint Stark County commissioner Thomas Bernabei's replacement on his resignation as a commissioner effective December 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.
Some local politicos thought that the law provided for the Stark County Democratic Party Central Committee to make the selection since Commissioner Bernabei was a Democrat when elected (2010) and re-elected (2014).
The SCPR has always:
- based on the dicta in the Ohio Supreme Court decision wherein Bernabei's Stark County Board of Elections/Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted certification as a "independent" candidate for purposes of running for mayor of Canton on November 3, 2015,
Here is a summary of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's opinion that supports the SCPR's opinion. (Also, a LINK to the full opinion)
This blog is focused on a timeline presentation put together by the 305.02(D) committee comprised of Commissioner Janet Creighton (Republican), Commissioner Richard Regula (Republican) and Prosecutor John Ferrero (Democrat).