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Don’t let the ‘off-year’ election stop you from your civic duty



Published: Mon, November 4, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

If you believe that all politics is local — we certainly do — then Tuesday’s election is even more important than the presidential and statewide contests. Why? Because the office of mayor, councilman, township trustee, village councilman or school board member has a direct impact on your life.

If your street doesn’t get plowed in the winter, who do you call? Certainly not the White House or governor’s office. Or, if your child is being bullied in school, it isn’t the federal or state departments of education that will intervene; it’s your local school board member.

And, if your neighborhood has flooding problems, or is experiencing an uptick in crime, it’s the trustee who hears from you.

It’s unfortunate that the term “off-year election” has come to mean lack of voter interest. The drop-off in participation from a presidential or statewide contest is dramatic. It shouldn’t be that way.

Thus, we urge residents of the Mahoning Valley to cast ballots in Tuesday’s general election even if there are no contested races in your communities. In addition to the candidates, there are numerous issues that have an effect on the quality of life.

The Vindicator’s commitment to elections is long-standing. We spend hours in endorsement meetings with candidates for office. Based on what we learn, in those interviews and elsewhere, we issue endorsements.

What follows are our recommendations for various offices and issues:

Mahoning County

Youngstown

We did not make an endorsement in the mayor’s race because none of the candidates meets our standard for holding such an important position.

Council president: Charles Sammarone, who chose not to seek a full term as mayor.

School board: Lock P. Beachum Sr., Jackie Adair and Jerome Williams.

Campbell

Mayor: William VanSuch.

Austintown

Trustee: Jim Davis and Ken Carano.

School board: Kathy Mock, David Schnurrenberger and Ken Jakubec.

Boardman

School board: John P. Landers, Kimberly Poma and Mark J. Fulks.

Poland

Trustee: Mark Naples and Robert Lidle

School board: Larry Dinopoulos and Richard Beau Weaver.

Canfield

Trustee: Tony Bettile and Marie Cartwright.

Trumbull County

Liberty

Trustee: Stan Nudell and Jason T. Rubin.

Warren

School board: Robert L. Faulkner Sr.

Issues

We urge voters in Mahoning County to continue supporting the mental health board by renewing its five-year levy.

In Youngstown, we remain steadfastly opposed to the charter amendment that would make fracking in the city illegal.

We support the charter amendment that would dissolve the park and recreation commission.

We reaffirm our support for public education by urging voters to renew tax levies for their school districts.

If you have decided not to participate in Tuesday’s election, we would simply remind you of that age-old saying: If you don’t vote, don’t complain.


Comments

1potmeetkettle(11 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I agree Knightcap. My family got hit with a pay cut and a higher share of our health care costs. I can't afford for my real estate taxes to go up simply because Canfield wants to burden the homeowner for non-essential things like running buses to the high school and eliminating pay to participate fees. Both things they implemented a couple years ago.

Vote No on Canfield school levy!

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2BoardmanResident(9 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Vote NO on Canfield School Levy. Asking way more than most of the other schools and have not told the taxpayers what it's for - HS busing/sports. The $85k business manager hasn't helped the system at all since being employed over 10 years ago. Stop wasting our money!!

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3potmeetkettle(11 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

BoardmanResident,

Here are the salaries for the Canfield School employees.

http://media3.vindy.com/news/document...

I see more than a few people who make way more than what they are worth.

Why does the Vindy think the homeowner should just blindly approve these school levies?

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4questionreality(296 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Today the Vindicator writes: "And, if your neighborhood has flooding problems, or is experiencing an uptick in crime, it’s the trustee who hears from you."

In its Poland Township endorsement the Vindicator wrote this about candidate Joanne Wollet: "Incidentally, the flooding of her backyard is an issue that would have to be addressed by the county engineer’s or sanitary engineer’s office, not the trustees."

Those are opposing statements.

Received campaign literature from Bob Lidle the other day. One of six items listed under 'Moving forward Bob will focus on...' is "Storm water management"

Mrs. Wollet was wrongly criticized by the Vindicator.

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5valleypolitics(88 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

How can you tell people this --

Thus, we urge residents of the Mahoning Valley to cast ballots in Tuesday’s general election even if there are no contested races in your communities. In addition to the candidates, there are numerous issues that have an effect on the quality of life.

And then do this --

Youngstown

We did not make an endorsement in the mayor’s race because none of the candidates meets our standard for holding such an important position.

Thanks for leading the way and not doing your job again Vindicator!

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