Tuesday, December 5, 2017




As far as Stark County leadership goes, there are some (just like men):
  • very capable women,
  • so-so capable women, and 
  • "she doesn't belong here women," (e.g. Christina Hagan, Kathy Catazaro-Perry)
Among current/former elected officials, The Stark County Political Report (SCPR) places in the superior group:
  • Stark County commissioner Janet Creighton
    • also:
      • a former county recorder,
      • a former county auditor, and
      • a former mayor of Canton,
  • Alliance City Council member Julie Jakmides,
  • Stark County Court of Common Pleas judge Chryssa Hartnett,
  • former Massillon City Council member Nancy Halter,
  • Canton City Council member Chris Smith,
Among current appointed officials who belong in the "superior" group include:
  • Angela Cavanaugh (chief building official for Canton/Stark County),
  • Jaime Allbritain (chief deputy treasurer),
  • Anita Henderson (product development manager/Auditor's IT office),
  • Deborah Forkas (chief executive of Stark Co. Job/Family Services), and
  • Andrea Perry (safety director for Canton).
Of course, the SCPR is partial to women in leadership being the father of three highly accomplished daughters.

Moreover, wife Mary (an elected official on the Stark County Educational Service Center, SCESC; also a former Lake SD board member) is top notch as a "show'em" by action woman leader.

Mary taught 35 years in the Akron Public School System and 10 years at the University of Akron.  Additionally, she served as an educational consultant for Carson Dellosa and a PRAXIS facilitator for the Ohio Department of Education. Lastly, she was among the very first National Board Certified Teachers in the nation and the state of Ohio.

A thing about Mary and her National Board certification which is a tribute to her professionalism and dedication to being the very best prepared teacher that one can be is the fact that she took on becoming certified as she neared retirement from the Akron Public Schools.

For years and years the Stark County Educational Service Center has been a male bastion.  Mary has been a member of the SCESC for 10 years.  While she has enjoyed being on the Board with four men, it will be different now with the election of two women to the SCESC on November 7th.

Women now control the SCESC 3 to 2.

Interesting, no?

The U.S.A. and Ohio's political subdivisions including Stark County government, the county's cities, townships, villages, and boards of education have way too few women in leadership roles.

LINK to the Rutgers website.

It is heartening that three of the six candidates for the Democratic nomination for Ohio governor are women.

While the SCPR is not a big fan of Mary Taylor, at least the Republicans do have a woman in the mix for the Republican nomination.

LINK to headline supporting article

Obviously, men are not getting the job done in leading the U.S.A. in a qualitative primarily in the peoples' interest sort of way rather than in a personal political ambition/political party interest way.

Seemingly, sexual harassment "by men in power" (who view women as "sex objects" and not leaders in the making) is yet another barrier in a long historical list that women have to and have had to overcome for women to be seen as having qualities that merit them achieving leadership.

Kudos to Politico for putting on today's live stream on empowering women to be all that they can be as leaders in America from the White House to the schoolhouse without regard to gender.

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