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Opinion: Brady won debate

Matt Westerhold • Nov 4, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Excerpt from the "Between the Lines" column in today's Register: One prominent Democrat said after the debate the right choice for Erie County voters was obvious.

"I watched it and what I saw was two guys and Dick Brady, the man who should be elected commissioner," he said.

 

Incumbent commissioner Tom Ferrell, the Democrat in the race, seems congenial, laid-back and confident. A nice guy.

 

Republican challenger Steve Kraus is a fresh face and a fresh voice. He has the ability to speak in soft tones and make his point swiftly, soundly and oftentimes at a perfect pitch.

 

Huron city councilman Brad Hartung, who like Brady is running as an independent in the race, was ill Tuesday and could not attend the debate, which is available for demand viewing at sanduskyregister.com at the “Decision 2012” icon. Watch the debate or see other debates and read past election stories the online election guide. 

 

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In this race, Brady should be elected. He's immersed himself in the issues for months, head down and digging deep with a critical eye at the business of county government. When he looks up, he's likely to say, “It boggles my mind.”

 

From $147,000 write-offs at the county auditor's office and $146,000 in thefts at the county treasurer's office to $3 million accounts unaccounted for at the county court clerk's office and the $1.8 million annual debt servicing fees for the county's giant landfill.

 

It's mind-boggling.

 

Taxpayers are victimized when leaders fail, and failed leaders are oblivious to the obvious, sometimes intentionally oblivious. The business of county government is broken. Ferrell ignores that and Kraus doesn't yet see it, clearly.

 

But Brady gets it. He's rolled up his sleeves and wants to get at fixing it. The best vote in this race is a vote for Dick Brady.

 

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