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carpediem

Fri Oct 24, 2008 06:42PM

I have been reading a great deal about the Clerk of Courts race and have spoken with some local people in the legal field. The articles have been very misleading and I think the full information needs to be out there. The Urbana Citizen has stated numerous times that Penny Underwood is head of two of the three divisions of the Clerk of Courts office. The office consists of the legal department downtown, the title bureau and the license bureau. I am told that the legal department takes up in excess of 80% of the clerk's time and responsibility and that the title and tag departments more or less run themselves.

It is my understanding that only Jeanne Fritz has the experience in the legal department and that Ms. Underwood's total experience is in the title and tag departments which entail less than 20% of the job duties and responsibilities. I don't believe Ms. Underwood has spent even one day in the legal department nor does she have any knowledge on how our legal system operates. The people I spoke with fear that Ms. Underwood will win the election and cause major problems in the legal department with her lack of knowledge and experience.

Don't get me wrong, I understand that Ms. Underwood has done a good job where she is at, but she truly does not have the necessary experience or qualifications to be the actual Clerk of Courts. With all this business with a new court system, we need the experienced candidate to be able to run a highly efficient and knowledgeable team. We need Ms. Fritz as Clerk of Court.

aehresmann

Sat Oct 25, 2008 08:48AM

*On Oct 24, 2008, at 6:42 PM, Eric Adams said:*
> I have been reading a great deal about the Clerk of Courts race and have spoken with some local people in the legal field. The articles have been very misleading and I think the full information needs to be out there. The Urbana Citizen has stated numerous times that Penny Underwood is head of two of the three divisions of the Clerk of Courts office. The office consists of the legal department downtown, the title bureau and the license bureau. I am told that the legal department takes up in excess of 80% of the clerk's time and responsibility and that the title and tag departments more or less run themselves.
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> It is my understanding that only Jeanne Fritz has the experience in the legal department and that Ms. Underwood's total experience is in the title and tag departments which entail less than 20% of the job duties and responsibilities. I don't believe Ms. Underwood has spent even one day in the legal department nor does she have any knowledge on how our legal system operates. The people I spoke with fear that Ms. Underwood will win the election and cause major problems in the legal department with her lack of knowledge and experience.
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> Don't get me wrong, I understand that Ms. Underwood has done a good job where she is at, but she truly does not have the necessary experience or qualifications to be the actual Clerk of Courts. With all this business with a new court system, we need the experienced candidate to be able to run a highly efficient and knowledgeable team. We need Ms. Fritz as Clerk of Court.
>
>
Hi Eric,

If you would like to see interviews with most of the candidates from Urbana and the county goto:

http://urbanaleader.blogspot.com

carpediem

Sun Oct 26, 2008 07:13PM

Does anyone have any information or comment on the judicial races? It would seem that the Republican candidates are the least qualified of the group...my understanding is that Resinger has never touched a probate or a domestic case and that Gilbert has done a lot of probate cases, but very minimal work in domestic relations and juvenile court.

Talebi has the same qualifications as Reisinger (assistant prosecutor in juvenile court) but has what appears to be quite a bit of experience in domestic relations and probate court. His experience includes a great deal of community involvement - Resinger's list of involvement includes work related groups and athletics for kids...where is her community service? What has she actually done for this community that is not related to work responsibilities and kid responsibilities? She got an endorsement from Congressman Jordan, who is a good man, but take a look at his political donations. Ms. Resinger's father, stepmother, brother and sister have all given the maximum contribution allowed by law to Jordan on a regular basis. Endorsement has been bought and paid for. Also, the letters to the editor speaking of her arrogance and attempts to control the current judge really bother me greatly.

Gilbert seems a decent individual, I have heard many positive things about how he operates and his "smarts" but again I wonder about experience. I know Tompkins and Weithman have much more expereince than Gilbert - Weithman has 30 years as an attorney. It is scary to me that the "designated" candidates have such low levels of experience where it counts.

The same people I spoke with on the clerk's race say this is an inside pick. Everyone seems to know that Prosecutor Selvaggio will be taking over for Judge Wilson some time in the future...and the machine seems to have picked his cronies for these judgeships. Ms. Reisinger works for him and Mr. Gilbert is a close personal friend of his.

To paraphrase our next president, Mr. Obama, if you like what you have now, you will really like what you will get sticking with the friends of Judge Wilson and Mr. Selvaggio. It scares me. I would urge everyone to carefully study the candidates and consider Talebi, Tompkins and Weithman. Lets bring the change that will happen across the country right here to our own county.

richebert

Sun Oct 26, 2008 08:47PM

*On Oct 26, 2008, at 7:13 PM, Eric Adams said:*
> Does anyone have any information or comment on the judicial races? It would seem that the Republican candidates are the least qualified of the group...my understanding is that Resinger has never touched a probate or a domestic case and that Gilbert has done a lot of probate cases, but very minimal work in domestic relations and juvenile court.
>
> Talebi has the same qualifications as Reisinger (assistant prosecutor in juvenile court) but has what appears to be quite a bit of experience in domestic relations and probate court. His experience includes a great deal of community involvement - Resinger's list of involvement includes work related groups and athletics for kids...where is her community service? What has she actually done for this community that is not related to work responsibilities and kid responsibilities? She got an endorsement from Congressman Jordan, who is a good man, but take a look at his political donations. Ms. Resinger's father, stepmother, brother and sister have all given the maximum contribution allowed by law to Jordan on a regular basis. Endorsement has been bought and paid for. Also, the letters to the editor speaking of her arrogance and attempts to control the current judge really bother me greatly.
>
> Gilbert seems a decent individual, I have heard many positive things about how he operates and his "smarts" but again I wonder about experience. I know Tompkins and Weithman have much more expereince than Gilbert - Weithman has 30 years as an attorney. It is scary to me that the "designated" candidates have such low levels of experience where it counts.
>
> The same people I spoke with on the clerk's race say this is an inside pick. Everyone seems to know that Prosecutor Selvaggio will be taking over for Judge Wilson some time in the future...and the machine seems to have picked his cronies for these judgeships. Ms. Reisinger works for him and Mr. Gilbert is a close personal friend of his.
>
> To paraphrase our next president, Mr. Obama, if you like what you have now, you will really like what you will get sticking with the friends of Judge Wilson and Mr. Selvaggio. It scares me. I would urge everyone to carefully study the candidates and consider Talebi, Tompkins and Weithman. Lets bring the change that will happen across the country right here to our own county.

Eric,

It appears to me that you are not a fan of our current Judge Wilson. May I ask as to why?

I applaud that you are investigating the candidates, however, if you spent as much time nitpicking Obama as you have the Republican and Independent candidates for our new Judgeships, I am sure you would find that he is not qualified, nor ready for the highest office in the free world either. He is being placed there by his cronies (Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi) His own running mate basically has said so several times.

I believe that in the case of a judgeship, it has more to do with the person vs. the political affiliation. I have has personal and professional dealing with each of the candidates for judge. Each has many strong merits and some areas of weakness. This county is lucky to have so many QUALIFIED people willing to service our court system in such a capacity.

johnr

Mon Oct 27, 2008 08:43AM

*On Oct 26, 2008, at 7:13 PM, Eric Adams said:*

> The same people I spoke with on the clerk's race say this is an inside pick. Everyone seems to know that Prosecutor Selvaggio will be taking over for Judge Wilson some time in the future...and the machine seems to have picked his cronies for these judgeships. Ms. Reisinger works for him and Mr. Gilbert is a close personal friend of his.
>
> To paraphrase our next president, Mr. Obama, if you like what you have now, you will really like what you will get sticking with the friends of Judge Wilson and Mr. Selvaggio. It scares me. I would urge everyone to carefully study the candidates and consider Talebi, Tompkins and Weithman. Lets bring the change that will happen across the country right here to our own county.


That should be expected in partisan political races. The County Republicans are a close knit group. Nothing illegal about that. Look at the County Republican website, then look at the County Democrat website (Anthony all by himself). Libertarians even worse, no website (me all by myself blogging in this venue).

I know Ms. Reisinger's father and think so much of him that I was torn on this vote. I'm pretty certain his integrity and other values passed on to his daughter, which would make her a safe choice. However, I don't believe ANY judgeship should be a partisan election. I like Mr. Talebi ( I hold that he is the least party affiliated of the candidates).

Nick Selvaggio is beyond reproach in my opinion and I would vote for him for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas if he ran as a Democrat. I suggest anyone who thinks otherwise should go through Leadership Champaign's program and see how competent he is instead of the uniformed innuendo I see in the clearly partisan remarks (Liberals appear to be nastier and make zero effort to see the other side IMHO). The day spent on the Courts is eye opening. Try to serve on a jury (I have been on a Grand and Petit Juries) to see the system work.

We'll see how happy everyone is with the pseudo-socialist, Obama, in four years assuming the electorate erroneously chooses to put him in office.

dan

Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:39AM

*On Oct 26, 2008, at 7:13 PM, Eric Adams said:*
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> She got an endorsement from Congressman Jordan, who is a good man, but take a look at his political donations. Ms. Resinger's father, stepmother, brother and sister have all given the maximum contribution allowed by law to Jordan on a regular basis. Endorsement has been bought and paid for.
>

I will tell you that one really bothers me. I thought Mr. Jordan was beyond "politics as usual" I really felt he should have stayed out of endorsing any candidate in the local political process. It is a shame the political process works this way.

Does it say how much Mr. Trusedale gave to Mr. Jordans campaign?

aehresmann

Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:27PM

*On Oct 27, 2008, at 8:43 AM, John Ridder said:*
> *On Oct 26, 2008, at 7:13 PM, Eric Adams said:*
>
> > > then look at the County Democrat website (Anthony all by himself).

The Champaign County Democratic Web-Blog
over the last year (YTD) has had 944 visitors who visit more than 5 times in the last year.

And

311 visitors who visit at least once a month.

I just webmaster the blog.

carpediem

Tue Oct 28, 2008 09:12AM

The Springfield News-Sun got it half right - they endorsed Tompkins as the clear choice in his race. Read the editorial in todays paper - I think it makes the choice pretty clear.

One wonders in the other race how one additional year in the prosecutor's office makes Resinger a better candidate than Talebi who has experience in all three divisions, not just Juvenile Court. I am told, as I said before, that Reisinger has never handled a single case regarding domestic relations and is very limited or has done no cases in probate.

Why don't we have a democrat running in the Resinger/Talebi race?

johnr

Tue Oct 28, 2008 09:31AM

The Democrats think the government needs to solve all our problems because the "Smart Democrats? believe we cannot.

Back off!

We can do it ourselves without the nanny state. We made it for two centuries without you. We can do without you forever! See ya (K)Carl Marx!

dan

Tue Oct 28, 2008 05:48PM

*On Oct 26, 2008, at 7:13 PM, Eric Adams said:*
> >
> She got an endorsement from Congressman Jordan, who is a good man, but take a look at his political donations. Ms. Resinger's father, stepmother, brother and sister have all given the maximum contribution allowed by law to Jordan on a regular basis. Endorsement has been bought and paid for. >

Eric,
After reading your post I did a little research.

I guess Daddy can buy anything. Resigner did receive an endorsement from Congressman Jordan. Guess what? Her family has consistently given the maximum allowed by law to Mr. Jordan’s Campaign each year. Also I have been told that her father has had multiple fundraisers at his house for Mr. Jordan. Not a big deal in most cases and perfectly within their right to do so. However, if you read the list of donors to Mr. Jordan’s campaigns since 1994 you will find that several of the judicial candidates have given to Mr. Jordan but none come close to the total that candidate Reisinger’s family has given. That is where I have a problem in buying an endorsement or campaign. As stated I think the world of Mr. Jordan but I am very disappointed that he can be bought. Also can anyone tell me why the treasures name on Reisingers campaign material is in all Caps and Bold? I have never seen this in a campaign. Who is running for this position??

nathansmack

Tue Oct 28, 2008 09:40PM

Mr. Cultice and Mr. Adams,

I also find that researching is a valuable tool. It seems as though between the two of you, the only times you have ever posted on GoChampaign are in areas addressing the political races in Champaign County. You both consistently attack Lori Reisinger. While your input is often off point and not helpful because of its attacking nature, I have taken the time to read and digest what you have posted.

What I find the most interesting, however, is that after doing my research at

http://www2.sos.state.oh.us/cf_ftp/voter_ftp_home?agree_flag=Y#L110 (Updated 10/27)

it appears that neither of you are registered voters in Champaign County. Since neither of you can vote in the Champaign County elections, and given the attacking nature of your posts, it appears to me one of two situations:

1. You are not who you say you are, and to that I would say, come forth and stand behind your opinions and words, as you are entitled to them, but should not hide behind sham profiles.

2. You are who you say you are, but have not taken the time to register to vote, and therefore your opinions are wasted as you will not be able to be responsible citizens and actually voice those opinions where it really counts, in the voting booth.

To all others on this site, I encourage you to follow the above link, click on “download” in the right column, and save the zipped file to your computer. There are 26,102 registered voters. What would we have ever done if Al Gore had not invented the Internet? :)

wfdesq

Tue Oct 28, 2008 09:42PM

Serving as a judge in our legal system is a sacred responsibility which should never be taken lightly by the person holding the position or by the community served by the positon. Our legal system, with its warts and all, is by far the greatest legal system in the world and is based on extremely sound principles and ideals.

One of the most important of these is the non-partisan election process in the general election process. When one seeks to obtain such an office, they shouldn't be viewed as an R or a D, but as the person they are and the judge they aspire to be. The partisan bickering herein casts dispersions upon the process and can have a negative impact upon the judiciary system and the entire legal system. All of the negative campaigning and personal attacks that have gone on lately in the Ohio Supreme Court races the last few cycles can't be allowed to continue on that level or filter down to the local judicial races.

Please don't base your decisions on negativity, on rumors, or on speculation. Look at the actual facts and look at the qualifications and experiences to guide your vote in this and in all elections.

Having run and lost in the primary race, I feel empathy with all of the candidates who are running. Running for office can be exhiliarting and exciting, but it is difficult, time consuming and quite expensive too. And all while trying to maintain your current employment/job. Applaud all of the candidates for caring enough about our community to take the time and make the effort to run for office. Thank them. Support your chosen candidates after a thorough review of the facts.

All of the partisanship and other issues will be gone after "We the People" speak next Tuesday. Those that are successful will most likely serve our community for several decades and we must be prepared to treat them with respect, dignity, and support. They will take a solemn oath in February and will take part in a great experiment in our County, one that will hopefully have long trm positive impact for "We the People".

nathansmack

Tue Oct 28, 2008 09:50PM

As for my wife and I, it is no secret that we support Lori Reisinger and Brett Gilbert for the judgeship positions. We harbor no ill will toward Mr. Talebi, Ms. Weithman, or Mr. Tompkins. In fact, my wife would tell you they are all experienced attorneys and she would be hard pressed to say a negative word about them. The reasons we support Lori and Brett have been detailed in other postings. The simple truth is that no attorney is fully experienced in every area of the law at any given moment. Everybody develops areas of strength. The beauty of the practice of law is it teaches how to think so that as new areas arise an attorney knows how to interpret, understand, and apply these new areas. Family law is an area of law that is frequently in flux and can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction depending upon local case law and rules. What is important in choosing a judicial candidate for the family court is an even temper and practical experience with families. Lori and Brett have the experience with families, and most importantly a temperament that make them the best candidates for the position.

Nathan & LeAnna Smack

briannisonger

Tue Oct 28, 2008 09:56PM

And there are others who post on here that are not "Urbana", or Champaign County for that matter!

dan

Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:42PM

*On Oct 28, 2008, at 9:43 PM, Nathan Smack said:*
> Mr. Cultice and Mr. Adams,
>
> I also find that researching is a valuable tool. It seems as though between the two of you, the only times you have ever posted on GoChampaign are in areas addressing the political races in Champaign County. You both consistently attack Lori Reisinger. While your input is often off point and not helpful because of its attacking nature, I have taken the time to read and digest what you have posted.
>

Easy Cowboy or should I say Detective Smack.

If you did your homework you would find that I post in a variety of topics. The ones I most often post in are the “hot ones” which happens to be school issues, city government and election issues. For some reason those “what is your favorite color” categories do not do it for me. Mr. Smack, please show me where I have attacked any candidate. I state facts. Dispute the facts please, Barney Fife. Tell me what I have said that is not truth. Please Mr. Smack, tell me. I am starting to wonder what you have been promised in this election. ???
If you further did your research you would also know that I spend about 60% of my time in the south now. My family (Parents, sisters, cousins) still own a sizeable farm in this community and I was a part of it for many years so I still feel I have the right to “stick my two cents worth” in the business of this county. I read the Urbana citizen online each day and browse sites such as this one. I know a lot of history in this county and yes I still like the gossip train that my relatives keep me informed about. Do your homework and then when I am in town in the next couple of months I will buy you and your lovely wife some lunch.

pettyhead

Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:51PM

I checked out the voter list and I have to question the accuracy of it. My husband is listed but neither myself nor my step-daughter are listed and we are both registered voters. Perhaps they just list a head of household for each address. All I know is I haven't missed an election since I was 18 and I'm not on there.

dan

Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:57PM

*On Oct 28, 2008, at 10:51 PM, Aileen Horch said:*
> I checked out the voter list and I have to question the accuracy of it. My husband is listed but neither myself nor my step-daughter are listed and we are both registered voters. Perhaps they just list a head of household for each address. All I know is I haven't missed an election since I was 18 and I'm not on there.


Aileen,

I have horrible news. According to detective Smack you must stop posting on this site immediately. Please put down your keyboard and step away from your computer. Yes, I am joking. That list is not complete and accurate but I was not going to tell him.

pettyhead

Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:00PM

lol You're so silly. Although I'm sure more than one person on here would probably like to see me keep my mouth shut from time to time!

dan

Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:05PM

Honey, that is what makes the world go around. Different people and different outlooks. Don't ever give up your freedom to speech. I for one enjoy reading your posts. I don't always agree but I respect your opinion. Take care.

aehresmann

Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:30AM

*On Oct 28, 2008, at 10:51 PM, Aileen Horch said:*
> I checked out the voter list and I have to question the accuracy of it. My husband is listed but neither myself nor my step-daughter are listed and we are both registered voters. Perhaps they just list a head of household for each address. All I know is I haven't missed an election since I was 18 and I'm not on there.


Hi Aileen (kelly) :-)

You are in fact on the voter list...not to worry ! :-)

so is Tom (edward) and Christina (A.)

I 3x check it with my voter list here at home and with the county and the one from the download site ... you guys are in there :-)

Make sure you get out and vote! :-)

dan

Wed Oct 29, 2008 08:32PM

Thanks Anthony!!

Alieen, I just spoke with Barney Fife and you are cleared to start posting again. So type away.