FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 26, 2012
PCTEA PAC ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR LOCAL RACES AND ISSUES
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party PAC today announced its endorsements for races and issues in Portage County for the election on November 6, 2012. In making the announcement, Executive Director Tom Zawistowski explained the process of arriving at their endorsements, “Our organization invited candidates from both major parties to address our group and the public throughout the spring and summer. Then our 2,200 members voted on who they thought shared our conservative values and thus who we would endorse. With dozens of issues on the ballot this fall, we have really worked hard to get educated about as many of them as we could. This process took a lot of time and effort on the part of our members and I congratulate them for being engaged in our electoral process and willing to support the candidates and issues that they believe in.”
Zawistowski, continued by discussing the County Commissioners races. “In making our endorsement for the County Commissioners races I have to say what everyone knows and will not say. Kathleen Chandler at 81 years old has been a public employee in some elected capacity for decades. Enough is enough. She is running simply because she is a highly recognizable name and the democratic party had no one else to put on the ballot. She has no passion for this job. That is evident by the recent report that she spent only $1,701 on her election so far. We don’t need to elect a name, we need to elect a person with the energy and experience to do a very difficult job in the most challenging of financial environments. Larry Solak is the right person for the job. His 43 years of business experience, and experience as a Township Trustee, makes him very qualified and we endorse him without hesitation.”
“Likewise, Maureen Frederick is a wonderful person who has given her life to community service and we respect her for that. But her health issues will not allow her to continue to do this job adequately. I have personally been in meetings with her where she has had medical issues and could not continue. It is no secret that they have had to call the ambulance to take her from the County Office building numerous times in the past two years. She regularly misses meetings, which is understandable with her medical issues, but certainly not acceptable for our County Commissioner. It is time for Maureen to retire. Bridget Pavlick is an energetic, experienced woman who is more than ready for the job. She has a broad base of experience in various offices in Streetsboro City Government and will bring renewed energy to the Commissioners Office. She is simply the right choice for anyone that seriously looks at the situation.”
Zawistowski then listed the groups endorsement for the remaining races and issues:
County Recorder: Kevin Folwer will bring the Recorder's Office into the computer age
Clerk of Courts: Daniel Cartwright will bring honesty and integrity to our Courts
Issue 11: Vote NO - Kent Income Tax Increase - it is a permanent levy for a temporary need
Issue 24: Vote YES - Windham Village Tax Increase - community appears to be behind it
Issue 25 and 26: Vote YES on both - Charlestown Renewals - they are five year renewals
Issue 27: Vote NO - Deerfield Fire Levy - new tax and to many mills
Issue 28: Vote YES - Edinburg Fire Levy - Renewal for five years
Issue 29: Vote YES - Franklin Township Road Renewal - low mills for five years
Issue 30: Vote NO - Hiram Road Replacement Levy - could only support a renewal
Issue 31: Vote YES - Nelson Road Renewal - five year renewal is needed
Issue 32: Vote YES - Nelson Road Renewal - this is not the same as Issue 31 - its a long story
Issue 33: Vote NO - Randolph Limited Home Rule - Lots of Cost/No Value - no Fracking way!
Issue 36: Vote NO - Aurora SD 5.9 Mill Additional Levy - can not support a permanent levy
Issue 37: NO RECOMMENDATION - Crestwood SD 4.7 Mill Additional Levy - not enough info
Issue 38: Vote YES with Conditions - Field SD 5.0 Mill Additional Levy - only three year levy - money goes to infrastructure and restoring programs. If money is mis-spent next renewal will be defeated.
Issue 39: Vote NO - Rootstown SD 1.03 Mill Renewal - money was included in previous levy
Issue 42: Vote NO - Waterloo SD 5 Mill Additional Levy - no community support for more taxes
Issue 43: Vote NO - County Health District Replacement - this agency needs to merge with Kent and Ravenna health departments.
Voters can find the recommendations for all federal, state, and local races and issues on the organizations website at www.PortageCountyTEAParty.com. They will also find videos of many candidates as well as candidate surveys on the website. Those who do not have internet but would like to find out who the organization endorses can call the office at 330-474-3878.
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance. The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
UNDERSTAND THE FISCAL INSANITY:
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