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11/1/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Judge candidate halts usage of improper campaign wording

DOWNTOWN AKRON — A local judicial candidate has retracted and destroyed campaign literature with improperly used language regarding her recommendation from the Akron Bar Association (ABA) after an ABA committee considered a complaint about the matter.

In an Oct. 26 press release, the ABA announced its Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee considered the complaint about the way Akron Municipal Court Judge Kathryn Michael used the ABA’s rating in her campaign for a Summit County Common Pleas Court judge seat.

The ABA’s Commission on Judicial Candidates evaluates candidates for local judgeships and rates them based on established criteria, ABA officials said. The commission gave Michael the rating of “Recommended” and rated her opponent in the Nov. 6 General Election, Common Pleas Court Judge Tammy O’Brien, “Highly Recommended.”

ABA officials said that candidates are made aware of the proper use of stating their ABA recommendation. They are only allowed to indicate that they “received a rating of (applicable rating) by the Akron Bar Association” or that the candidate was “rated (applicable rating) by the Akron Bar Association.”

The committee took issue with an official campaign flier for Michael that stated, “The Akron Bar Association ‘Recommends’ Judge Michael for Summit County Common Pleas Court.” ABA officials said the statement implied that the ABA endorsed Michael, when, in fact, the ABA does not endorse any candidates for political or judicial office.

In a phone interview, Michael said she ran out of campaign notepads last week and printed up postcards with the statement in question to hand out. She said her use of the wording was not done with the intention to mislead.

“It was a mistake and I fixed it,” she said, noting that she destroyed any remaining pieces with the phrase in question. “I realized after they pointed it out to me that it could be misread.”


Donations needed for Children Services’ holiday programs

SOUTH AKRON — Summit County Children Services (SCCS) once again is calling upon the generosity of county residents to make the season come alive for the children in its care.

According to SCCS officials, tax dollars may not be used for certain expenses, and community donations are needed for the following programs:

• The Holiday Toy Room — The Holiday Toy Room is a place where foster parents, kinship caregivers and client families “shop” for toys and gifts to give to their children. Everything is available at no cost to eligible agency client families, thanks to the generosity of the community, according to SCCS officials.

Donations of toys and gifts for all ages of children (especially teen boys) and/or financial contributions to purchase toys are needed. Donations of gloves and mittens also are requested. It is requested that donations be delivered to SCCS by Nov. 16, if possible.

• Adopt-a-Family — Those who prefer to select a specific gift for an individual child may choose to help with the Adopt-a-Family program. Agency social workers recommend individual children for this program, and each child provides a wish list of a few items. Donors purchase and wrap the gifts and deliver them to the agency, then social workers deliver the gifts personally to the children’s homes.

Donors may “adopt” one or more children through this program. Gifts for this program must be delivered to SCCS by Dec. 7. Last year, more than 300 individual children were “adopted” by donors.

• Food Gift Card Program — Gift cards in increments of $20 or $25 to local grocery stores are provided to families in need during the holidays. This program helps ensure that children and their families have food during the holidays, according to SCCS officials.

Those interested may either donate the gift cards or the money to purchase them. It is requested that contributions for this program be sent or delivered to SCCS by Nov. 16.

Any donations may be dropped off or mailed to SCCS, 264 S. Arlington St., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. For specific information on these holiday programs, contact Patricia Roy at 330-379-2055 or proy@summitkids.org. For general information or to make monetary donations online, log on to www.summitkids.org and click on the “Donor/Volunteer Opportunities” tab and go to “Holidays.”


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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