Friday, November 17, 2017

SCPR POST-ELECTION ANALYSIS: MARLBORO TWP, THE EDDLEMAN/HAGAN RACE


SOURCE OF DATA & MAPS (STARK COUNTY BOE)




In the "unofficial" tally of the voting in Marlboro Township on November 7th, incumbent 19 year trustee John P. Hagan won two of three Marlboro precincts but lost "apparently" has lost the election.

Had Eddleman not rolled up a 33 vote margin in Marlboro precinct 1, he likely would have come out the loser.  Eddleman and a number of Eddleman family members live in precinct 1 and so it is a touch ironic that he had to rely on precinct 2 to come out the winner.

Another interesting result of the SCPR Marlboro precinct study is that 48% of  precinct 2 voters voted on November 7th whereas 41% voted in precinct 1.

In a previous blog (since corrected), the SCPR had calculated erroneously that Hagan, if the eight vote separation holds, seemed to be entitled to an automatic recount.

On talking with Ken Eddleman, The Report became aware of the calculation error and the revision appears in the graphic above.

Of course, John Hagan could ask for a recount but he would have to bear the expense of doing so.

Indications are that he is not expected to ask for recount at his expense.

Sources are telling The Stark County Political Report (SCPR) that Hagan is showing a mixed bag in terms of his "apparent" loss.

Nobody can say for sure until the official count becomes public November 28th whether or not there will be an automatic recount in the Eddleman/Hagan race,

There are 1,528 outstanding provision/absentee ballots outstanding countywide, but only a small number of those will qualify to be counted in the Marlboro trustee race.

Hagan is presenting a mixed reaction to the "unofficial" results.

With Eddleman and Battershell, he has been congratulatory.

But with the third Marlboro trustee Wayne Schillig (the most congenial politician in all of Stark County) he got testy when Schillig called him to console him on his apparent loss.

An interesting contrast, no?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

COMMISSIONERS EXERCISING "DUE DILIGENCE" ON CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT CHANGE ORDERS!


MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON err CANTON


The Stark County Political Report (SCPR) has a long memory.

That memory came to the fore yesterday at the regular Wednesday meeting (1:30 p.m. at the Commissioners' office complex in the Stark County Office Building) of the commissioners.

The prompt?


In the ensuing commissioners discussing of the requested led by board president Janet Creighton, less-than-a-year-on-the-job commissioner Bill Smith relayed to attendees at the meeting that he had personally investigated the reasons for the change request and came away with an assessment that in the interests of total safety to any person working with the generator and in doing the job correctly the first time, he recommended that his fellow commissioners (Creighton and Regula) join him in voting to approve the Horn Engineering request. And they did.

So why would a "change order request" be a hot topic for a SCPR blog?

For the full story go back to a July 20, 2107 blog (LINK) regarding the commissioners' considering approving another contract on the IT Center.

A core point in a summary of  July 19th commissioners meeting is an alert issued by Commissioner Smith that he had information to the effect that N.L. Construction had a history of bidding low on government contracts but then made prolific use of "change orders" to in Smith's words "live on."

Here is a repeat of the SCPR video of Smith speaking on the need to watch N.L. closely and Auditor Alan Harold embracing of Commissioner Smith's admonition:



A point of emphasis:  N.L had underbid the expected $440,000 cost of the project by nearly $73,000.

Well, guess what happened recently?

You've got it.

A "change order" came flying into the commissioners for some $4,000 in increase expense to N.L. Construction for a change ALREADY DONE!

This is to be contrasted with the Horning request being submitted to commissioners BEFORE the work was undertaken.

And get this.

Stark County auditor Alan Harold who has a track record of being stingy of paying out county money where he thinks (e.g. Gary Zeigler matter bonding matter LINK) all is not right with any requested payment was in the July 19, 2017 meeting in which the commissioners informed by Commissioner Smith's concern let it be known that N.L. Construction would be under scrutiny on any change order requests.

Harold vowed (see above video) to be part of vetting any N.L. Construction change requests.

Hmm!

Amazing!!! no?

The SCPR, in light of the Horning agenda item—after the meeting ended—initiated questioning of Commissioner Smith on whether or not there had been any change order requests by N.L. Construction.

Answer?

Yes!!!

So what follows is a video SCPR question by question examination of Commissioner Smith on the matter.
  • NOTE:  The other questioner is Robert Wang a reporter with The Canton Repository


Harold was not at yesterday's meeting.

Accordingly, the SCPR has contacted him for a response to the unanswered questions that Commissioner Smith in the video would require questioning of Harold to get the answers to.

The Report has contacted Harold on this matter and here is his response:

Alan C. Harold <acharold@starkcountyohio.gov>  Today at 9:26 AM
To:  Alan C. Harold  Brant A. Luther  Martin Olson

Martin, thanks for the note.  I'm out today at a conference, and I believe Brant is out today, too.  I'll have Angie gather the documents related to the change orders today and get them to you tomorrow when I am back.  Not speaking for Brant, but I don't believe they have anything different than what I will provide.  All documents for this project come through me for eventual presentation to the Board.

The project is moving along and is back on track after the first change order was approved last month.  The initial change order in the $64k range came as a result of conversations with the architect and contractor.  In large part it involved changes to the types of doors proposed and, as Commissioner Smith stated, Brant and I walked through the site and came to resolution on the changes that would move forward.  I want to be clear - this was not a "give and take" negotiation between Brant/Commissioners/me - where I wanted X and they said they would agree to Y.  There were a host of issues presented after construction started, I asked for a price, the price was too high, and we collectively found a way to make things work that met my vision and kept the costs in line.  This change was less than 4% of the contract total and still well within the overall budget for the project.

Alan

Moreover, the SCPR has made public records requests of the commissioners' office and the auditor's office to provide more of the details of the progression of the N.L. Construction change request in terms of:
  • when it was generated,
  • it's size,
  • to the degree that it was granted,
  • the rational supporting any approvals, et cetera
Check back to this blog throughout the day for updates on the details of how the auditor and the commissioners have dealt from beginning to end on the N.L. Construction change order request.

It should be encouraging to Stark Countians that the current board of commissioners seem to be exercising "due diligence" in protecting the public purse from inappropriate expenditures.

The Stark County Political Report is committed to keeping government officials accountable to the tax paying public.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SCPR 2018 GOVERNOR SERIES: DEWINE IN NORTH CANTON AT STOLLE MACHINERY—PART 2


POST-EVENT VIDEO INTERVIEWS

CANDIDATE DEWINE
FRAN DEWINE
STARK CO CHAIR - ALEX ZUMBAR
BRO. DAVE LOMBARDI
&
MORE



LINK TO PART 1 OF DEWINE COVERAGE

Unlike Democrat Connie Pillich's event last Thursday at the Stark County Democratic Headquarters (Oakwood Square in Plain Township), Stark County's leading Republicans were out in force on Monday as leading Republican candidate Mike DeWine was in North Canton on a campaign tour of the local area (including Akron) promoting his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor that will be decided on May 8, 2018.

Getting around the campaigns (Republican and Democratic) as The Stark County Political Report does, one can get a sense of the quality of the campaigns.

As reported on last Friday, the SCPR was unimpressed with the Pillich campaign appearance in that it was sparsely attended.  Moreover, there were NO elected Stark County Democratic officials attending the Pillich event.

Accordingly, there seems to be a world of difference between those staffing the Pillich campaign as compared to Mike DeWine's.

In attendance at DeWine's event were:
  • Stark County commissioner Janet Creighton, northeast Ohio regional campaign director,
  • Stark County treasurer Alex Zumbar, Stark County chair of the DeWine campaign,
  • Stark County commissioner Richard Regula,
  • Stark County commissioner Bill Smith,
  • Jackson Township trustee Jamie Walters (also a filed candidate for Ohio House District 48)
  • Paris Township trustee Reggie Stoltzfus (also a filed candidate for Ohio House District 50),
  • North Canton mayor David Held,
  • North Canton councilman-at-large Daryl Revoldt, and
  • Former Stark County Court of Common Pleas judge and a former head of the Stark County Republican Party Charles Brown and his wife Sarah who is an Ohio Republican State Central Committee elected member for a district which includes Stark County
There may have been other Republican officials and/or party officials that do not come to mind as this blog is written.

The point of the foregoing list is to evidence the work that effective political campaigns do in furtherance of a successful campaign from an organizing standpoint.

Of course, quality organization has to do with political staffers working with elected officials (in this case Stark County Republican officials) in putting on polished campaign events.

A noteworthy factor with the Democrat gubernatorial candidate Pillich appearance in Stark County last Thursday is the complete absence of Stark County Democratic elected/upper level party officials at her event.  Moreover, the candidate herself gave the SCPR "the bum's rush" when it came to The Report posing questions—post event—to candidate Pillich.

Not real smart, don't you think?

DeWine's staffers appear to be top notch and the results showed on Monday as one hundred or better enthusiastic DeWine supporters but also including a few uncommitteds were in attendance at Stolle Machinery on Monday.

Recently, DeWine opponent for the Republican nomination Jim Renacci (currently congressman for Ohio's 16th congressional district) had an event which became a bit controversial (LINK) as reported in Brunswick, Ohio media that Bikers for Trump (also, has a Facebook page Bikers for Renacci) forcibly ejected a non-Renacci-supporting citizen attending  what was termed in the media report as a "routine" campaign stump speech.

None of that at DeWine's Stolle Machinery event.

Most of us who follow politics across the nation are aware of the bitterly contested gubernatorial race in Virginia a little over a week ago in which the Republican candidate Ed Gillespie while not bringing the divisive President Donald J. Trump in the campaign did embrace—uncharacteristic of Gillespie according to those who know him well—did embrace a Trump "misinformation" style of campaigning.

In the SCPR's post-Monday-DeWine event interview of candidate DeWine the Gillespie approach was brought up to DeWine in order to prompt DeWine to disavow such happening in Ohio in the months leading up to November, 2018 should he become—which The Report thinks is highly likely—the Republican nominee for governor.

Here is DeWine's response to that question together with his addressing issues that local school officials wherein students are experiencing depression to the point of taking their own lives (three very recently within Stark County school districts):



Though the forte of the SCPR is to name names and provide evidence based support in blogging on accountability,  accessibility, communicativeness and transparency of public officials and their offices; first and foremost those of us who probe and question need to do so in a civil manner.

Although the SCPR is for needed change in eliminating to the greatest degree possible what has been termed as being "a [politics-first & foremost] swamp" in national, state and local politics and governance; it is important to support those candidates who do not engage in fear mongering, deceit, lying and self-serving framing of issue discussion.

DeWine seems to disavow the Gillespie style of campaigning in the video above.

The Report thinks DeWine has to be much more forthright and clear in making such a commitment.

Republicans, Democrats and political independents ought to put on a high priority assessing candidates for governor on whether or not a given candidate will "stay out of the 'political' mud" come the November, 2018 general election.

If DeWine has the high quality of character that North Canton mayor David Held says he does and which DeWine ascribes to, then DeWine will take up the SCPR challenge to make a clear statement on how he will conduct himself in the Republican nominating process and beyond should he become the party's nominee.

A key figure in the DeWine effort is Mike's wife Fran.

The SCPR interviewED her for a few minutes on Monday, to wit:



The SCPR was surprised to see Brother Dave Lombardi of the Trinity Gospel Temple (some 53 years in ministry in Canton/Stark County) and chatted with him a few minutes following DeWine's remarks:



Wife Mary Olson is first cousin of Minister of Christian Education Arva Stump at the Trinity Gospel Temple.  Another personal connection is the fact that Lombardi attended L.I.F.E Bible College with my brother in law.

One thing that every candidate ought to do when appearing at a facility like Stolle Machinery is to mingle with the workers.  DeWine did not miss a beat in doing so.

The SCPR did catch up with one Stolle Machinery employee for his take on the day's event, to wit:



The Report also caught up with a Stolle Machinery executive level official, to wit:



Last and certainly not least is Stark County treasurer and Stark County chair of the DeWine for Governor campaign is Alex Zumbar and his take on the DeWine appearance in Stark County:


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SCPR OHIO GOVERNOR 2018 SERIES: REPUBLICAN MIKE DEWINE AT STOLLE MACHINERY 11/13/2017



PART 1

GOP GOVERNOR CANDIDATE 
MIKE DEWINE 
BRINGS TOUGHNESS & TENDERNESS TO STARK COUNTY



As we all too markedly know, political "coarseness" has come to be more and more "the order of the day" in national, state and local politics.

And make no mistake about it, Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine especially as Ohio attorney general (AG) is thought by many to have been "one tough cookie" as AG in dealing with the many problems that plague the Buckeye State in a era which has seen social media takes front and center stage in spreading much of what ails American society like wildfire thereby presenting seemingly insolvable difficulties for those who aspire to lead us.

In some instances elected leaders themselves, in the use/misuse of social media, seem to be part and parcel of the travails that are upon us.

Before about 100 or so enthusiastic Stark County Republicans yesterday at Stolle Machinery located in North Canton, AG Mike DeWine along with his wife Frances made his pitch to become the Republican nominee for governor come the Republican primary election on May 8, 2018.

First of all, DeWine campaign event organizers set up North Canton mayor David Held to be one of DeWine's introducers.

Held presented DeWine as a man of character who is personable, authentic (in the sense of "what you see, is what you get consistently," and easily accessible.  (see video of Held introduction below)

These are qualities that The Stark County Political Report thinks Stark Countians and, indeed, scores of Ohioans want in the next governor of Ohio.

Hopefully, the 2018 campaign will produce a Republican and a Democratic candidate that will inspire us and not despair us as so many politicians are wont to do.

Present with Mike DeWine yesterday was his wife Frances DeWine.  Mike and Frances have been married 50 years.  

Attendees at yesterday's political event had to be touched by tenderness that emanated between the two yesterday.   They have known each other since the first grade.  

"You know, I know and everybody knows" how, all too often, over our history as a nation, politics have brought the worst out of us as a people.

So it was refreshing to see and hear Frances and Mike take a few minutes yesterday (1:34) to share their personal love story and thereby injecting a "best of humanity" factor into politiking.



Backing  up just a bit on the order of yesterday's proceeding, here is Mayor Held (4:30) in his heart felt accolades of candidate DeWine.



DEWINE VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

ON STOLLE MACHINERY (3:03)



ON WHY HE IS RUNNING (CREATING JOBS) 2:30



ON SOLVING  OHIO'S DRUG PROBLEM AND ITS IMPACT ON JOB CREATION (3:28)



What follows is AG DeWine's 12 point plan to deal with Ohio's opioid problem:

Attorney General DeWine Releases "Recovery Ohio" Plan to Combat Opioid Epidemic

10/30/2017

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today unveiled a set of 12 new initiatives to combat the opioid crisis.

“Ohio is in crisis,” said Attorney General DeWine. “At least 14 Ohioans are dying every single day in our state from drug overdoses.  More people will die in Ohio this week than died in the devastating shooting recently in Las Vegas."

DeWine unveiled a multi-pronged plan called "Recovery Ohio."  It includes increased treatment, new tools for law enforcement, and expanding prevention, and is described in detail below:

 "Recovery Ohio"

•    NUMBER 1:  Pass legislation to give the Governor the ability to declare a public health emergency statewide or in specific areas, which would allow for the distribution of money and other resources to local entities that are facing unexpected emergency conditions like overdose spikes, and creating an accelerated process for state licenses or approvals in critical professions such as the medical or social work fields as well as expedited licensing reciprocity with other states.  

•    NUMBER 2:  Create a 21st century law enforcement data infrastructure that allows real-time, statewide data sharing and brings state-of-the-art data analytics and crime prediction to every Ohio law enforcement agency.

•    NUMBER 3:  Expand proven drug task force models that specifically target and disrupt the flow of money
and drugs from Mexican drug cartels. 

•    NUMBER 4:  Create at least 60 more specialized drug courts.

•    NUMBER 5:  Double the substance use treatment capacity in Ohio. 

•    NUMBER 6:  Expand workforce of critical specialists. 

•    NUMBER 7:  Empower employers to help employees with substance use disorder to seek treatment while remaining employed.  

•    NUMBER 8:   Help business owners hire employees in recovery by offering employers incentives and reducing risks. 

•    NUMBER 9:  Create a special position reporting directly to the Governor with Cabinet-level authority, who works every day with the single-minded focus of fighting the opioid epidemic. 

•    NUMBER 10:  Implement proven Kindergarten-12th grade drug prevention education in all Ohio schools. 

•    NUMBER 11:  Roll out a statewide drug prevention media campaign

•    NUMBER 12:  Expanded early intervention programs that target Ohio families and children in foster care. 

ON SOLVING  OHIO'S JOB SKILLS DEFICIENCY PROBLEM




DEWINE SUMMARIZATION ON WHY HE IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR



For tomorrow's blog (Part 2) the SCPR will present:
  • A post-DeWine speech one-on-one interview,
  • A Stolle employee interview,
  • An interview with Alex Zumbar, Stark County chair for DeWine campaign,
  • Frances DeWine speaking about personal aspects of DeWine family,
  • An interview with Rev. Dave Lombardi of the Trinity Gospel Temple, and
  • A Mike Raderchak of Stolle Machinery interview on the company's civic engagement

Sunday, November 12, 2017

SCPR 2018 GOVERNOR CANDIDATE SERIES: DEMOCRAT PILLICH - PART 2


ACCORDS SCPR A "30 SECOND" INTERVIEW

WHAT IS SHE HIDING FROM?



16 VIDEO CLIPS

WITH

PILLICH ADDRESSING OHIO ISSUES

Before getting into today's blog be sure to take at least a glance at the first Stark County Political Report (SCPR) blog (done yesterday, LINK) on Democratic candidate for Ohio governor on Constance Mary ("Connie") Pillich.

To summarize, the SCPR did not come away from Pillich's event with the Stark County Northern Democrats impressed with her presentation.

First of all, it was obvious that little preparation in terms of getting known Stark County Democratic Party leaders to attend the event (a mere 25 or so Stark Countians attended) and, ideally, for one of them to stand up and endorse Connie Pillich.

There was one endorsement but it came from an audience member who is not a Democratic Stark County political subdivision official.

Although appreciated by Pillich, the endorsement is not the sort of thing for the Pillich campaign to issue a press release on.

While Pillich did field all questions by the Democratic Party loyalists who attended the event, she only allowed the only media present (the SCPR) two minutes (after having ridiculously asserted that The Report was allocated 30 seconds) to ask objective questions.



What was Pillich hiding from any way?  Why didn't her staff try to interest other Stark County media in covering the event?

Connie Pillich does have a long line of impressive credentials (unexamined) which suggests she has accomplishments to be a candidate for governor of Ohio.

Take a look at this self-provided list (LINK) of her biography compiled in her run for office in 2010.

In doing "online" background checks on Pillich, the SCPR did discover a story about her (LINK) which questioned her right to wear all the medals/ribbons she displays with regard to her military service as an U.S. Air Force officer for eight years.

As regular readers of the SCPR know, two of the three Olson daughters are Air Force officers:  one a colonel (USAFR) whereas a second currently is a lieutenant colonel on active duty with the Air Force in Hawaii.  The latter daughter has been in the USAF at eight years of Air Force service was a major.

So the SCPR is especially interested in that side of Pillich's professional career.

But Pillich allowed no time for asking questions on the military side of her career which she appears to make a really big deal about in presenting herself to the voting public.

There is another curiosity about Pillich's career as an Air Force officer.  One published report has apparently serving her entire eight years as a second lieutenant.  Another show she departed the service as a captain.

Hmmm?

Which one is correct?


There is a significance difference.

If one is in the military for eight years and departs at the same rank as one goes in, does that raise questions about the quality of her service?  She does say she received an honorable discharge.

Again, the SCPR if allowed time by candidate Pillich would have delved into questions about the medals/ribbons and her "actual" departing rank.

According to the above chart, Pillich (if she was a fast tracker) could have been a Brigadier General at the end of eight years.

Of course, it would be unreasonable for anyone to have expected that of her.

As indicated above, the youngest Olson daughter is a lieutenant colonel with eight years service.

If Pillich had exceptional leadership qualities, shouldn't she have been at least a lieutenant colonel by the time she left the USAF?

Again, since she has made a "really bid deal" about being a Air Force officer, she should be quizzed about what her exit rank was and why it wasn't higher?

Not long ago, The Report did an extensive one-on-one interview with Democratic candidate for governor Joe Schiavoni of Youngstown with "no questions off-the-table"  (LINK).


The SCPR made a similar request of Pillich.  No response which, of course, is as if she had outright rejected the request.  Again, what is she afraid of in having her answers viewed by many Stark County Democrats?

For Pillich to have made the trip from her home base (just north and to the east of Cincinnati) to be seen/heard by 25 Stark Countians is a clearly inefficient campaign practice.

The SCPR thinks it is fair for prospective Democratic voters to question whether or not such a campaign presentation merits them considering Connie Pillich as a viable Democratic candidate for governor.

Even though the SCPR thinks that Pillich does not deserve the time and effort of putting up the videotape of her North Canton event, in the interest of Stark County voters having material assess to Pillich's substantive merits (notwithstanding her aides not having made the highest and best use of the event), The Report presents each and every question and answer between local party loyalists and candidate Pillich.

PILLICH INTRODUCES HERSELF
(Incl:  Endorsement by Citizen Walker)




PILLICH ON STUDENT DEBT & RENEWABLE ENERGY
(Questioner:  16th District congressional candidate Aaron Godfrey)



PILLICH ON DEALING WITH DISPLACED COAL MINERS



PILLICH ON STATE OF OHIO TAX POLICY
(Includes talking about her position on local gov't funding)




PILLICH ON REINTEGRATING VETERANS INTO OHIO ECONOMY





PILLICH ON JOBS OHIO



PILLICH ON EXPANDING CIVIL RIGHTS IN OHIO




PILLICH ON CHARTER SCHOOLS




PILLICH ON THE DECLINE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN OHIO



PILLICH ON K-12 SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA




PILLICH ON RE-ENERGIZING THE OHIO DEMOCRATIC PARTY



PILLICH ON WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS




PILLICH ON GERRYMANDERING OF LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS



PILLICH ON GUN CONTROL



PILLICH ON OPIOID EPIDEMIC



PILLICH WRAP UP




Saturday, November 11, 2017

SCPR OHIO GOVERNOR SERIES: DEMOCRAT PILLICH, ADVANTAGED CANDIDATE? (PART 1 OF 2)



PART 1 OF 2

NOTE:  PART 2 OF PILLICH SERIES BLOG NOW PUBLISHED
WHICH FEATURES PILLICH ADDRESSING
IN SHORT VIDEO CLIPS
OHIO ISSUES

LINK

Democratic candidates for governor include Connie Pillich (who, some say, is a frontrunner in a group of five candidates based on her having run statewide before [2014 for state treasurer against Josh Mandel), and:

  • William O'Neill
    • currently a  Ohio Supreme Court justice from the Cleveland area,
  •  Joe Schiavoni of the Youngstown area,
    • currently a member of the Ohio Senate,
  • Betty Sutton of the Akron area, and
    • most recently, administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation,
  • Nan Whaley of the Dayton area,
    • Note:  Stark County Clerk of Courts Louis P. Giavasis has endorsed Whaley as well as Jackson Fiscal Officer Randy Gonzalez (who, of course, in the recent past served as chairman of the Stark County Democratic Party).
Ohio political pundits are waiting to see whether or not two others file to run for governor before the February 7, 2018 filing deadline.

Two others?

Indeed! 

At least one of them (Cordray) may come in at the last moment and take the nomination.

Written about frequently in Ohio media, they are:

Richard Cordray
  • currently the head of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
and 

Jerry Springer
  • former councilman and mayor of Cincinnati,
  • a 1982 losing candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor,
  • currently a talk show host
So much for the other candidates, this blog is FOCUS ON CONNIE PILLICH:


The Stark County Political Report's t(SCPR) take-away impression is that candidate Pillich is not all that impressive.

Fellow Democratic candidate for governor Joe Schiavoni of the Youngstown area LINK) who interviewed with the SCPR (in mid-September,  answered all The Report's questions and then some.

Pillich on Thursday past, said the SCPR could have 30 seconds.  This after she spent the better part of an hour answering the questions of largely uncritical questioning by Northern Stark County Democrats.  But through persistence, The report actually stretched out the interview to 2 minutes.

The Report to ask Pillich two questions.

One: what makes her a better choice come the May 8, 2018 Democratic primary election over O'Neill, Schiavoni, Sutton and Whaley?

The other:  Should she win the Democratic nomination, will the Democratic gubernatorial victory over the Republican candidate affect her approach to running in the 2018 gubernatorial general election?

Here is the video with her answers:



In the video, Pillich talks of being interviewed by the SCPR in her 2014 race against Republican Josh Mandel.

Never happened!

Obviously, candidate Pillich is getting the SCPR confused with other media.

Her faulty memory could explain her obviously "cut and run" modality vis-a-vis the SCPR.

Another factor that the SCPR thinks was poor preparation for Pillich making the trip from the Cincinnati area to Canton is that absolutely NO Stark County Democratic elected officials were present at Thursday night's event.

What are her campaign aides doing in preparing for such an opportunity.

Only about 25 Stark Countians showed up at the Pillich event.


As pointed out earlier in this blog, Nan Whaley has already picked up two endorsements from Stark County elected officials in Stark County Clerk of Courts Louis P. Giavasis and former Stark Dems' chairman (now Jackson Township fiscal officer) Randy Gonzalez.

One would think that Pillich campaign aides would have leaned on Stark County elected Democratic officeholders to come and give their candidate a look, no?

And maybe they did and nobody was interested.

Either way, the absence of such officials does not look good for the Pillich campaign in Stark County come May 8, 2018.

The Pillich campaign as it manifested itself in Stark County on Thursday, November 9th might indicate that candidate Connie Pillich is going to be "left in the dust" behind more savvy campaigns.

Next up (likely November 12) see Part II of the SCPR's analysis of the Pillich campaign as presented on the 9th including links to background material which are easily accessible on the Internet.

Video of Pillich/audience members Q&A with SCPR commentary on some of the candidate's responses.

Friday, November 10, 2017

SCPR POST-ELECTION ANALYSIS: BIG "PROCESS" CHANGES COMING TO NORTH CANTON GOV'T?


Earlier year (before he decided to run for a North Canton Council seat) former mayor, council president and councilman Daryl Revoldt appeared before council to give his two cents worth on an issue before council.

Council has a "5 minute" rule for any citizen who wants to participate in the "public speaks' time part of any given "regular" (not work sessions) meeting of council.

Over the years that The Stark County Political Report has covered North Canton's council meeting, there have occasions in which it has allowed certain citizens to take whatever time they want in making this or that presentation to council.

Procedurally, North Canton government (i.e. council, the mayor seems to be fine with citizen critiquing) has shown that it is both a respecter of persons and a disrespecter of persons.


If one addresses council "to praise Caesar" then the chances of getting "extra" time to present are greatly enhanced.

However, if one addresses council "to tell Caesar that they [council members] 'have no clothes on,'" then one can be sure to be gonged off the lectern and told to sit down.

The latter is what happened to Revoldt and it prompted him to say to himself:  "you know what, I am going to run for council to correct this among other process issues currently afflicting North Canton government."

Had Councilman-at- large Dan Griffith moved for council (and persuaded them) to extend Revoldt's "public speaks" time, he likely would have won a third term on council.


Revoldt tells the SCPR that he would never have run had he and other North Canton citizens been treated disrespectfully by certain North Canton council members.

The "mistreater-in-chief" as far as the SCPR is concerned is council president Daniel "Jeff" Peters who often, when prompted by Law Director Tim Fox, cuts off citizens who are critiquing council in the comments portion of regular council meetings.

As Mayor David Held repeatedly tells the SCPR, periodic North Canton citizen surveys taken by North Canton government come back with a affirmation that North Cantonians are highly satisfied that the mayor, council as a whole, and, its unelected officials "do make the trains run on time."

But process is another matter and North Canton's poor performance on creating a citizen-friendly processes of government is likely one unseen by the general North Canton voting public who are happy:
  • that the garbage gets picked up on schedule,
  • that the roads and streets are generally in good repair, and
  • that EMS services are first rate, and
  • that North Cantonians feel safe in their respective neighborhoods
Just let one of them with a "beef" with North Canton government come before council and ask them what they think of the reception.

Of course, there are those with benign complaints that get treated respectively, BUT just let a citizen get a little heated in presenting to council.

One can see President Peters face redden and disturbed "hey, Mr. President when are you going to stop this tirade" looks grace the faces of many of the council members and focused expectantly on Peters.

Examples:
  • A thumbing of the nose at "public speaks" complainers, at first, when North Canton citizens voted overwhelmingly that part-time employees (including council members) who have access to other health insurance not get health care coverage at city expense,
  • A thumbing of the nose at "public speaks" complainers, at first, when council and the mayor not exercising internal "oversight" functions properly, allowed an un-elected official to grant a 100% abatement over 12 years which cost North Canton schools dearly to upwards of $1 million,
    • Note:  Because of citizen/schools pressure; council ultimately implemented a plan to cut the loss to about half of the $1 million
  • A thumbing of the nose to citizen objections to empower another North Canton government structure (i.e. Water Board) whereby an un-elected officials will be making decisions on who gets North Canton water and the rate recipients will be paying for it and whether or not they will have to annex to North Canton in order to qualify for North Canton water, and 
  • A thumbing of the nose to inquiring citizens who want professional planners to be hired as North Canton considers a zoning change for an area of the city known as Fieldcrest Estates,
For these presenters, "the 5 minute rule" is enforced with gusto if not cut short.

It is obvious that the bulk of North Canton council members are not small letter "d" democrats except when they are being praised.

The really big expectation based on his personal experience that Daryl Revoldt as a councilperson will, if it is apparent that a citizen has more to say, move for his fellows to extend a given citizen's time.

The MAJOR failing of North Canton City Council is its inability to abide sharp criticism which is the basis on which "democracy in action" being cut off.

Griffith made a major, major, major person political blunder in not interceding on behalf of citizen Revoldt.

Revoldt made Griffith pay a high price indeed for not stepping out in favor of hearing him out on an issue (i.e. the North Ridge Place LLC abatement referred to above) that he as a former mayor, council member and council president had some expert-esque information on.

To repeat, having been treated disrespectfully by North Canton Council, Revoldt should lead and the SCPR believes he will lead a "revolt" against council's anti-democratic attitude towards North Cantonians seeking "redresses of grievances" vis-a-vis North Canton government.