Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What about it?

Fayette County, Ohio, appears to be a politically active community with several meet and greet forums set up to talk with candidates for public office. Democratic candidate for Ohio Secretary of State, Mary Ellen O'Shaughnessy, addressed a recent group and spoke of her qualifications, according to the Recordherald.com:

....She currently serves as Clerk of Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

In this position, she oversees a vast system of county records, as well as a staff of 231 and a budget of $12.5 million. Prior to serving as clerk, O'Shaughnessy was elected three times as a Columbus City Council member.....

That is a very important asset in managing the elections in the 88 Ohio counties.

In a story in the DailyRecord, O'Shaughnessy spoke about her family and her goals at the Wayne County Democratic Party Jackson Day Banquet:

....Maryellen O'Shaughnessy, candidate for Ohio secretary of state, who promised to have the longest name on the ballot of any candidate this fall. She introduced herself as a fifth-generation Ohioan of Irish-Catholic heritage, who comes from a long line of political activists in Franklin County. She said her grandfather, father, mother and two brothers all were politically active and either sought elective office or worked in other aspects of the political arena....
....Some of the key things O'Shaughnessy said she is running on is reapportionment reform, protection of minority representation and making the processes of the office transparent....

I haven't heard Jon "empty suit" Husted (of Kettering and Upper Arlington), the Republican candidate for Ohio Sec. of State, mention anything about protecting "...minority representation..." Would Husted go back to the same strategy concerning voting machines that was used by former Republican Sec. of State, Ken Blackwell?