2015 Gahanna Mayoral Race
May 12, 2015 12:21 am at 12:21 am #1075930
This is my new favorite thread.May 12, 2015 9:49 am at 9:49 am #1075947
First I’ve heard of this, but my initial reaction was actually sympathetic to Gergley simply because I had no idea who he was before I saw the Stonewall Democrats (Ryan Jolley and I were in USG together at OSU and he’s a Facebook friend of mine) calling for him to withdraw from a race after finishing first in the primary. Also, of course, there are substantive issues in play, regardless of how much everyone loves a good scandal. Gergley, at least as far as I could tell from the news, is the only major candidate who campaigned against the proposed city income-tax hike. If the Democrats force him out because of his incendiary social media history, it will conveniently remove the de facto leader (by virtue of a five-point primary plurality victory) of the opposition to that tax increase.May 12, 2015 9:57 am at 9:57 am #1075950
“Character – who you are when no one is watching.” Joseph Gergley thought no one was watching. The Internet never forgets, though.
I do have a question unrelated to the social media posts. Why is a 26-year old the leading vote getter in a primary election for mayor of a city with over 30,000 residents? The guy barely has any life or work experience that would lead me to believe he’d be a good candidate to lead a city that large. Is it as simple as no one else is interested in running (which isn’t true since there were multiple candidates)? Just putting the social media fiasco aside, why is this kid even considered a serious candidate?May 12, 2015 10:07 am at 10:07 am #1075952
There have been U.S. Congressmen elected, even in recent times when 25 isn’t considered old anymore (and when House districts are close to 750,000 people), at close to the Constitutional minimum age of 25. Sight unseen, since I really don’t know anything about Gergley other than the worst of his social media history and the highlight of his platform, I’ll guess that he comes from a politically active family and therefore has the advantage of early exposure and mentorship. (I have absolutely no evidence for that whatsoever, but that’s been the pattern I’ve seen with young campaigners. For example, the Ohio General Assembly representative of my district here in Akron is 29, but she’s the daughter of two people who were themselves representatives.)
Another example, the youngest I’m aware of: I saw someone elected to the Dublin school board (not the mayoralty, of course, but still a fairly weighty organization with a significant budget) at age 18.May 12, 2015 11:25 am at 11:25 am #1075969
Nobody knows anything about Gergley’s qualifications. I have to assume it is because he has none. He has graduated from college and works in distribution for a deli meat company, he opposed the tax increase. Not exactly the resume I’d like to see for our next mayor.
He wants to encourage business investment in the city and improve the infrastructure (who doesn’t want that?)…he gives no explanation of how he intends to do so.
The only reason he got as many votes as he did in the primary is due to his plastering all his campaign literature with “Republican” and “Fiscal Conservative”. 2/3 of the vote was against him.
Considering his immaturity, lack of experience and poor judgment it should be of no surprise that the kid still lives in his parents house.May 12, 2015 11:45 am at 11:45 am #1075972
In 2013 Joe lead the charge against the proposed 66% income tax increase for workers in the city of Gahanna.
From his website – http://www.gergleyformayor.com/about-joe
“It feels phenomenal to win,” Gergley told ThisWeek. Tuesday night. “It feels even better to know we did it the right way. We ran an issues-oriented campaign. We took the high road. I want to thank everyone who voted for me. We’re going to restore pride in Gahanna.”
He said he would promote and fight for policies that would result in economic growth and property-value increases.
“Unlike each of my opponents, who have supported the failed liberal policies of the past, I’ve proposed common-sense conservative alternatives by advocating for specifically allocated funding for capital improvements, proposing a comprehensive school-impact study for any new developments and offering a plan to transition City Hall from a bureaucratic structure to a business-based model,” Gergley said.May 12, 2015 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm #1076021
Of course, part of the problem with all of this…the mayoral race is chartered as non-partisan.May 12, 2015 2:25 pm at 2:25 pm #1076027
The Gahanna Charter can deny reality, but it doesn’t change the reality. Ohio Supreme Court elections are ostensibly nonpartisan, too. And I approve of that formality, but I don’t have rose-colored glasses about how much that actually eliminates partisanship in the campaigns.May 12, 2015 3:08 pm at 3:08 pm #1076046
The Gahanna Charter can deny reality, but it doesn’t change the reality. Ohio Supreme Court elections are ostensibly nonpartisan, too. And I approve of that formality, but I don’t have rose-colored glasses about how much that actually eliminates partisanship in the campaigns.
Right, but this guy ran an incredibly partisan campaign…not just based on traditionally partisan ideas, he actually ran as a partisan candidate.May 12, 2015 5:41 pm at 5:41 pm #1076111
Gergley is the vice president of the “Gahanna Freedom Alliance” tea party group.May 12, 2015 6:28 pm at 6:28 pm #1076117
Gergley is the vice president of the “Gahanna Freedom Alliance” tea party group.
Whaaaaa …? But he seems like a closed-minded tool.
Oh, I see what you’re saying.May 13, 2015 7:55 am at 7:55 am #1076144
Mayor mom does my laundry.May 13, 2015 8:03 am at 8:03 am #1076145
My favorite part of the “Take Back Gahanna” page is all the straight white people accepting his apology for his racist, homophobic tweets.
Its awesome they can overcome.May 14, 2015 1:34 pm at 1:34 pm #1076347
Looks like the whole “my opponent leaked these to throw attention off my success” excuse is moot.October 26, 2015 10:41 am at 10:41 am #1098942
Gergley, Kneeland square off for mayoral post
Thursday October 22, 2015 9:27 AM
Gahanna residents will elect a new mayor next month. Mayor Becky Stinchcomb announced in July 2014 that she wouldn’t seek re-election. Her term ends Jan. 2, 2016.
READ MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/gahanna/news/2015/10/21/gergley-kneeland-square-off-for-mayoral-post.html
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