Regardless of the outcome of the Democratic race for Mahoning County probate judge, Mark Belinky was the clear winner of the "Most Creative Polling Place Handout" in Tuesday's election. Belinky, appointed to the bench three months ago by Gov. Ted Strickland, had his campaign workers give voters Hershey Kisses as they entered polling places.
This writer got two — each with a message tag. The first read, "FEEL BETTER." (How did Judge Belinky know that this writer is sick of candidates who use their families in campaign commercials?) The second tag had this: "I MISS RECESS." (The owners of The Vindicator should not read anything into that message. Who needs recess when you're having fun?)
As for the quality of the chocolate ... the newspaper's resident chocoholic deemed the Kisses old but edible.