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The Suburbanite
  • Here are Rep’s endorsements

  • The issue: Tuesday primary election

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  • The issue: Tuesday primary election
    Stark Countians will go to the polls Tuesday to decide a host of issues, including two countywide tax levies, and to choose party candidates in a handful of local races.
    Here’s a recap of the endorsements that The Repository editorial board has made. To see the editorials, visit cantonrep.com/opinion.
    • Issue 1, Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 10-year, 3.3-mill levy to replace existing 1.9-mill and 1.4-mill levies: Yes
    The DD board, which serves many of its clients throughout their lives, is not asking for any new taxes, though it serves about 60 percent more clients now than it did in 2001. Issue 1 will replace two existing levies. The 1.9-mill levy
    expires this year; the board will stop collecting the 1.4-mill levy early (it expires at the end of 2014) if voters approve Issue 1.
    Thousands of Stark Countians who depend on the DD board for education, jobs and training for work in the community need the voters’ support.
    • Issue 2, Stark County 9-1-1, five-year, 0.1-mill renewal levy: Yes
    Funding from this levy, which pays for most personnel expenses for the county 911 Call Center, is the critical financial link between people in distress and the people who can help them.
    The minimal cost to property owners — only $2.90 per year for a home valued at $100,000 — is an extremely small price to pay for an essential, often-lifesaving service.
    • Canton treasurer, Democratic primary: No endorsement
    None of the three candidates is the right match for the job, which Robert C. Schirack is vacating after 20 years.
    Doesn’t this race convince city residents that they would be better served by a charter form of government? A form of government with qualifications for office that they decide, rather than relying on the minimal requirements of a one-size-fits-all state law?
    • Canton City Council, Democratic primary: Incumbents in Wards 1, 2 and 9
    Ward 1, Gregory F. Hawk: Easily the most knowledgeable council member on the budget and city finances, he wants better pay for new police officers and more police in neighborhoods.
    Ward 2, Thomas E. West: Though this term wasn’t as productive as it could have been, he knows his ward well and has the potential to move projects forward, especially in tandem with neighborhood organizations.
    Ward 9, Frank Morris: A fighter for his ward, this first-termer also wants more police, better-paid new officers and more progress on combating neighborhood blight.