Thursday, December 31, 2015


There were tears galore in the hearts of many of those attending Stark County commissioner Thomas M. Bernabei's last day as a commissioner.

In this photo provided by a friend of the SCPR (yours truly was unable to attend in order to get visiting daughter Heidi to the airport for a return to Oklahoma), Bernabei looks on as his successor David M. Bridenstine is sworn-in yesterday.

When the clock strikes midnight tonight, Bernabei will have morphed into being the mayor of Canton.

The SCPR agrees with the inscription on the cake:  "Lucky Canton."

Bernabei along with Janet Creighton turned Stark County around from the dark days of 2009.

While the task of redirecting Canton is much more foreboding, Bernabei - as The Stark Political County Report's #1 Stark County political subdivision elected official - yours truly is confident that four years down the road from today he will have provided a quality of leadership which will have Canton on the mend.

On Tuesday, The Report sat down with Commissioner/Canton-mayor-elect Thomas M. Bernabei for this interview.

Today at noon, Bernabei will be sworn in as the mayor of Canton in Canton council chambers.

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