Meadville Tribune


June 21, 2014

With summer season under way, expect increased participation from candidates

The Crawford County Democratic Committee has a new chairman: Patrick Donahue, a former Meadville city councilman. Donahue succeeds Diane Adsit, who chose to not seek re-election. Adsit was chosen vice chairman. Donahue won the new office recently when the county party reorganized. He defeated Joel Brown of North Shenango Township.

Donahue has been quite active in party activities recently and is often at the Meadville Market House registering voters.

Also at the market house over the past few months include at least two candidates, Democrat Michael Muha for the state Senate’s 50th District and Democrat Juanita Shusta for the 6th District State House of Representatives. Muha will face Republican Michele Brooks in the fall for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Bob Robbins. Shusta will face Republican incumbent Brad Roae.

With the summer season now under way, the number of parades and special events candidates are participating in will increase considering candidates want their name and positions to be known.

Bob O’Shea, who has been a county probation officer for more than 30 years, retired last week. In his final position, he was head of the community service/work release program. He will be missed. O’Shea is one of the hardest working guys and one of the nicest people one would ever want to meet.

In the meantime, Bob Stein has returned to the county as a probation officer.

Donahue has something else to celebrate: a new granddaughter, Rosalyn Sky Bradshaw, born in late March. He was more excited about being a grandfather again than winning the chairmanship of the party. But, then again, aren’t most grandparents?

Although Conneaut Lake Park’s new Trustees weren’t elected by the voters, many political eyes are watching to see what happens. For the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County’s proposal to go forward, the elected officials of Conneaut School Board and Summit and Sadsbury townships also must agree with the tax payment proposal in addition to the county commissioners.

If those elected officials don’t agree, the county commissioners will have to decide whether to sell the park at the tax claim bureau sale or via a sheriff’s sale.

It’s no secret that due to the park being a hot topic, decisions could have repercussions come next election.

Some rumblings we have heard is that no public announcement was made about how to apply to be on the board. Two of the new trustees have been involved in the park before. Chairman Bill Bragg was a former Trustee — before the lawsuit which resulted in the park being named a public trust. Tom Cholak was one of two men in management positions at the park several years ago. It’s obvious they at least have some familiarity with the park and are willing to try again to solve some of the issues.

One big concern being heard is the proposal to sell property which isn’t an integral part of the Conneaut Lake Park’s operation — which most believe is the Flynn House property — on the lakefront. Most people may recall that former park custodian LeRoy Stearns proposed that sale, but it was rejected at the time.

Jane Smith is a retired Meadville Tribune reporter who specialized in covering government and politics.

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