Brady blasts Ferrell's work ethic

Independent Erie County commissioner candidate Dick Brady has blasted the incumbent he’s challenging, labeling him a dishonest man whose irresponsible fiscal planning led to a massive debt that’s suffocating taxpayers.
Andy Ouriel
Oct 6, 2012

Brady lit into Erie County commissioner Tom Ferrell, a Democrat, after hearing Ferrell make some bold statements at a candidate’s forum Wednesday at Sandusky High School.

Ferrell praised his own work ethic.

“Being a county commissioner is a seven-day-a-week job, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Ferrell said at the forum.

Said Brady: “For him to say that is absolutely laughable. I have been up to the county commissioner’s office more than 60 times, and I have only seen him in his office once.”

Brady’s entire campaign centers on two key criticisms of Ferrell’s performance in the past 24 years: job dedication and fiscal responsibility.

“He has zero work ethic,” Brady said. “You absolutely cannot be a county commissioner in this day and age and not show up for work.”

Ferrell says he’s not a commissioner who just sits up in an office and conducts meetings.

“There are those people who are called ‘Ivory Tower commissioners’ and don’t do anything all day long,” Ferrell has told the Register. “What takes them 10 hours to do takes me 10 minutes to do because I know how the county should operate.”

Brady clearly disagrees.

If Ferrell knew how the county should function, the area’s 77,000 taxpayers wouldn’t be buried under $104 million in debt, Brady said.

“What is not funny is that the taxpayers in this county are paying him over $50,000, and he is mailing it in,” said Brady, a longtime Sandusky-based business owner. “There is no one in this county who believes a commissioner’s job — that pays over $50,000 a year — is a part-time position.”

Brady also bashed Ferrell for allowing other county employees to ghostwrite e-mails on his behalf, without telling the recipient about who is actually sending the message.

“The incumbent’s inability, or unwillingness, to embrace fundamental technology puts both him and this county at a disadvantage in providing effective government to our residents,” Brady said.

Ferrell has said he doesn’t have the password to his county computer.

“If I have commissioner business and I went to send an email, (commission clerk Carolyn Hauenstein) sends it out,” Ferrell has said previously.    

The Candidates

Erie County voters can cast ballots in two separate Erie County commissioner races Nov. 6:
• Race 1: Erie County commissioner Pat Shenigo, a Democrat, versus Edison and Margaretta schools treasurer Jude Hammond, a Republican.
• Race 2: Erie County commissioner Tom Ferrell, a Democrat; versus Huron auctioneer Steve Kraus, a Republican; Sandusky businessman Dick Brady, an Independent; and Huron city councilman Brad Hartung, an Independent.



OY Buff! You had better find a plastic surgeon fast!


Yep. Farrell is eith at NOMS gym 8am - 10am then home to shower for his Manny's bar drinking alcohol over his 3 hour lunch break.



You are not the only one that has watched Mr. Farrell perform his civic duties at the above mentioned locations.


how about taking a look at brad hartung, independent candidate that is a city councilman from huron....brad will bring the same 'team concept' that has helped huron achieve many milestones, including the latest one where IAC added a minimum of 143 good paying jobs at their facility in huron, what has anyone else in this race done during the last year except talk about themselves?


Yeah, and don't forget the 3 million dollars that sat and sat unclaimed at the County Clerk of Courts while every commissioner knew for years it had been sitting in the account unclaimed. The commissioners can't wait to know that it is impossible to find out who owes what money so therefore, most of it will come back to the county.

Julie R.

Remember how the city of Vermilion a couple of years ago had an audit done and Baxter had the former finance director, Michelle Bowens, arrested and charged with theft in office for thinking she was entitled to take her sick and vacation pay of less then $10 thousand when she left office?

So if an audit could find less than $10K, how did 3 million sit unclaimed at the Clerk of Courts for 20 years? Something sure doesn't smell right there. Same with the theft in the Treasurer's office. How did an employee get away with stealing close to $150K over a five-year period without Jo Dee Fantozz, the auditor and even the State not catching it?

Julie R.

According to Friday's paper, Jo Dee Fantozz predicted that someone will steal taxpayer dollars from another Erie County office in the near future. She said theft won't happen again in her office but she guarantees it will happen again in Erie County. She then mentioned other Erie County offices that have had recent problems with finances.

I would be curious to know what public offices she's referring to.

shoreline dude

What about the 7000.00 the city gave to Mr. Brady for the C.P. sign on the causeway bridge for the[right of way] for boats going under the bridge? Can't believe someone has not brought this up! Not saying I won't vote for him, Just wondering how this came about. I know it was because of a lawsuit but settled so fast. WOW!

Taxed Enough Already

Brady is a friend of Monaghan and Shenigo and for that reason I will be voting for Ferrell. Monaghan, in my opinion, reminds me of a slick back hair, used car salesman and I do not nor will I ever trust him. Shenigo can't possibly devote the time he needs, to the commission. I can't wait to see them both defeated in their bids for the seat of commissioner.


From my limited understanding, Mr. Monaghan, Mr. Shenigo and Mr. Brady are fairly wealthy businessmen. How about you all donate your time for the next term to show your dedication and desire to helping the county get a handle on their debt. That would prove to me your worth.

AJ Oliver

I may well have been unfair in an earlier post in stating that Mr. Brady had "gouged" the city over the causeway sign issue. He wrote to me personally with a very reasonable explanation. My apologies.

I'm not saying that he has my vote, but I am saying that we all should try to treat candidates fairly - none of this "Bullshit Mountain" stuff, OK?

danny r.

Why doesn't Mr. Brady talk about his company's early 2012 crane accident at Cedar Point where one of his employees was nearly killed when hit by a truck working too low over open traffic lanes? Brady's father was a good man...he's not.

danny r.

In the electric sign biz the standard percent of profit is 40%...not the 100% he extorted from the city. Not to mention calling the design "professional" is a total joke.


I say we vote for Brad Hartung. Ferrell is lazy, Brady is a big mouthed quitter, Kraus is a liar so what the heck, let's vote for Brad.

danny r.

Humm I wonder why the Register removes truthful comments like they were never there? Is Brady paying them off too?

Just a Girl

Mr. Brady should remove his blinders regarding the city of Sandusky (his anger at Mr. Kraus' remarks). I wish it were all peaches and cream, but the fact is, there IS more than a triple murder to worry about. There are also the Wilbert St, Ofc Dunn, and 3 yr old boy murders, abuse of the 4 month old baby, and countless drug and sex offenders. Mr. Kraus wasn't trashing the city, simply stating facts. If you want to represent this county, then you'd better get real about what's going on here.