John Burke Medina County Treasurer

John Burke Medina County Treasurer

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Mark Baldwin

Medina, OH

#1 Oct 21, 2012
If this is true it's hard to understand why people support this guy. Does he have pictures of people?!!!

I agree with others that we have a crisis in our treasurer’s office. And while I find it interesting that John Burke and his supporters want to concentrate on his education from 30 years ago and a new-found conspiracy theory regarding the county auditor trying to take over the county, this election should be about John Burke’s record. There’s a reason they’re trying to avoid that discussion.

Despite his much touted business expertise, Mr. Burke failed in his only business venture. He took over a successful local car wash and ran it into the ground, defaulting on his contract. When he was successfully sued to perform on that contract he filed personal bankruptcy, defaulting on over $600,000 owed to local and national merchants.

During the course of that lawsuit the contract to purchase the carwash was made public. The prior owner of the carwash pointed out the discrepancy between the contract and what Mr. Burke had been claiming on his tax returns and Mr. Burke was indicted on six felony counts of filing false tax returns. He eventually plea bargained a guilty plea to six misdemeanors related to those charges.

But that’s his private record. Clearly his education and business expertise make him the man for the job, don’t they? Unfortunately for Mr. Burke, he has a record here too.

The treasurer’s office has two main jobs – collect the taxes and invest the county’s money. How has Mr. Burke done? From 2008 to 2012 prior year tax delinquencies have exploded in this county, up over 72 percent. From 2007 to 2011 we have seen investment income plummet over 80 percent under Mr. Burke’s watch. Of 11 surrounding counties, eight outperformed Medina, two by almost 15 percent. Mr. Burke and his supporters cannot dispute these numbers.

Clearly we have a crisis in our county treasurer’s office. This November, say no to John Burke. It’s the best thing for Medina County.

Brent Robinson

Medina

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Alissa Simmons

Medina, OH

#2 Oct 22, 2012
Oh, unfortunately it is true. Basically if you were the right party in Medina County you were set. This guy will really test it this time around, particularly after what happened in Cuyahoga County. Let's hope we're smart enough to prevent this from happening here.....only the republican version. I'd have to agree - time to say Bye, bye Burke.
Tom Brown

Medina, OH

#3 Oct 23, 2012
Alissa Simmons wrote:
Oh, unfortunately it is true. Basically if you were the right party in Medina County you were set. This guy will really test it this time around, particularly after what happened in Cuyahoga County. Let's hope we're smart enough to prevent this from happening here.....only the republican version. I'd have to agree - time to say Bye, bye Burke.
Yeah, it wasn't too long ago that we had a cross dresser who was a county commissioner. Guy by the name of Whitfield. Those were the days when, as long as there was an "R" by your name you were elected. Looks like there's at least one leftover from those days
Carl Allen

United States

#4 Oct 23, 2012
I notice that neither Mr. Burke nor his supporters have ever countered the charges of the Heller supporters. If they're true they are clear reason not to vote for Mr. Burke. I hope we Medina Countians don't just give in to name recognition like Cuyahoga County. That did not serve them well. And Mr. Burke seems like he could be of that genre.

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