Poland accountant seeks Mahoning treasurer position

By David Skolnick



A Poland certified public accountant, who specializes in government auditing, is seeking the appointment to Mahoning County treasurer.

Though Paul J. Canter has never run for political office, he voted in the Republican Party primary in 2004 and 2008, and then voted issues-only in the 2010 primary.

Because county Democratic precinct committee members will be making the appointment, that could be an issue.

County Democratic Chairman David Betras said the other candidates in the race are registered Democrats, and Canter is not.

“If [not being a registered Democrat] is an issue for precinct committee members, they now know it,” Betras said.

Canter said he doesn’t consider himself a Republican and that he votes “for whoever I think is the best” candidate. He added that he voted for President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the 2008 general election.

Canter said the most qualified person should be the one chosen by county Democratic precinct committee members as treasurer.

“My understanding of government accounting would make me extremely qualified for the job,” Canter said. “I understand everything about the position. As for politics, I’m completely new to that.”

Canter has spent the past six years running Canter & Associates, a public accounting firm in Poland, and has been a CPA since 2003. The firm works with the state auditor’s office on audits of governmental agencies.

With Canter, there are now four candidates for the vacant position.

The others are: Dan Yemma, who resigned as a Struthers councilman at-large to be interim county treasurer; Kenneth A. Carano, who was Gov. Ted Strickland’s regional director, an Ohio House member and an Austintown Township trustee and is the Democratic Party’s executive vice president; and Roxanne DeNiro, a 29-year employee of the treasurer’s office.

Democratic precinct committee members will meet June 6 to appoint someone to fill the rest of ex-Treasurer Lisa Antonini’s term, which expires in September 2013.

Antonini resigned May 16 after being charged by the federal government with taking and failing to report a $3,000 cash contribution for her 2008 treasurer campaign.

Those wanting to apply for the appointment have until Tuesday to do so.

Those interested need to send a letter of interest to Democratic Chairman David Betras at 6630 Seville Drive, Canfield, OH 44406.

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