Why did the Akron Beacon Journal endorse Spicer over Stormer for Probate Judge? I've sorted the information presented by the BJ on Oct. 9, 2008 http://www.ohio.com/editorial/opinions/306715...
Let's figure this one out based on what the BJ knows about the candidates.
Judge Spicerís plus column:
1. He has been an outstanding judge in many ways.(opinion)
2. He continues to be a leader in shaping state guardianship laws. He remains an able administrator, a most important aspect of the job in handling wills and estates. He has risen to the occasion in difficult end-of-life matters.(opinion)
3. He takes seriously other duties, including appointments to the Metro Parks board.(An opinion)
Judge Spicerís negative column:
1. Spicer also has permitted excessive partisanship to infect the court.(fact)
2. In 2005, the Ohio Supreme Court reprimanded Spicer for professional misconduct stemming from campaign ads attacking his opponent in 2002.(fact) http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/communications_...
3. This episode wasn't the first involving the apparent intersection of partisanship and the court.(fact)
4. Worth emphasis is that Arshinkoff worked with Joe Masich, then and now Spicer's top assistant. All three, judge, assistant and political boss, sullied the office.(fact)
Judge Stormerís plus column:
1. Stormer is intelligent, energetic and accomplished.(opinion)
2. Stormer would bring fresh eyes and a record of achievement.(opinion)
3. She has shown much administrative skill.(opinion)
4. She helped revamp the probation department.(opinion)
5. She has been innovative.(opinion)
6. Launched a drug court at the municipal level to a re-entry court for those leaving prison and looking to build a productive life.(fact)
7. She has many proposals for the probate court, for instance, a citizenís advisory board.(fact)
Judge Stormerís negative column:
1. At the same time, her candidacy carries a splash of political payback.(opinion)
2. You almost hear Democratic minds turning (opinion)
3. She has little experience in probate law.(opinion. That she has LESS experience would most likely be fact.)
Here are the facts presented by the Beacon Journal endorsement
1. Has permitted excessive partisanship to infect the court.
2. In 2005 the Ohio Supreme Court reprimanded Spicer for professional misconduct.
3. This episode wasn't the first.
4. Arshinkoff worked with Joe Masich, then and now Spicer's top assistant. All three, judge, assistant and political boss, sullied the office.
1. Launched a drug court at the municipal level to a re-entry court for those leaving prison and looking to build a productive life.
2. Has many proposals for the probate court, for instance, a citizenís advisory board.
The Bottom Line
Using the information contained in the Akron Beacon Journal endorsement of Judge Spicer over Judge Stormer, If we add the plusís and minusís for each candidate, we come up with a plus 4 for Stormer and a minus 1 for Spicer. Based on the information contained in the BJ article It looks like Stormer is the better choice.
Disregarding opinions itís even more decisive with Stormer receiving a plus 2 with Spicer at a minus 4. I have to wonder how the BJ came to their conclusion!
Although Judge Spicer has been in office for many years the only compelling reason for him to remain in office is his length of service. Unfortunately his length of service is also the reason he must go. Too often politicians become complacent and forget their responsibility to ALL the people in their community. It is also unfortunate that any judge would make decisions like the ones appointing the Summit County Metroparks Commissioners which I believe were based more on political connections than abilities.
Judge Stormer should have the opportunity rid our Probate Court of excessive partisan politics.