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Algorem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-05 07:24 AM
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Former Rep. Bryan Flannery To Run For Governor
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/5537430/detail.html

Flannery Outlines Plan For Economic, Education Reform

POSTED: 5:34 pm EST December 14, 2005

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- Former state Rep. Bryan Flannery has announced that he will run for governor in the November 2006 election.

Flannery, a Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday at his high school alma mater, St. Edward High School in Lakewood.

He said that his running mate will be Frank M. Stams, of Akron.

During his speech, Flannery laid out his platform and his plan for solutions to current problems, specifically economic and education reform.


http://www.freetimes.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Ne...

The Sincerest Form of Flannery:Gubernatorial candidate Bryan Flannery has a plan for school funding.That counts for something,right?

By Michael Gill

A YOUTHFUL BRYAN FLANNERY steps up on a coffee table, his wife Renee at his side, and begins to narrate the family history, beginning with the flight from potato famine in Ireland 150 years ago. He quickly gets to the West Side of Cleveland, where a great-grandfather helped build St. Colemans Church, and a grandfather began a family tradition of Ohio politics. Up there on the coffee table, Bryan is continuing the line, looking comfortable in the gentle spotlight of a fundraiser for his fledgling gubernatorial campaign.

After he was term-limited out of his seat on the state legislature, Flannerys last campaign for public office ended in defeat, when Ken Blackwell won the race for Secretary of State. The possible rematch is just a footnote in what has for Flannery become a kind of crusade. From the governors office, Flannery could take care of some unfinished business. He could try something no politician in Ohio has even seriously attempted.

When he was a state representative, Flannery held a contest, offering $1,000 to the person who devised the best viable alternative to Ohios levy-based, property tax-dependent, and famously unconstitutional school funding system. A retired librarian from Columbus won with the kernel of what has become the candidates plan. While he was still in the legislature, Flannery introduced the plan as a bill. It never got a hearing.

For the last few years, hes continued to work out details and tried to get the plan on the ballot as a constitutional amendment. The effort fell short of the necessary 350,000 signatures last year, but the committee will try again next fall. And now the plan is the centerpiece of his campaign for governor. But first, Flannery, 37, has to survive the Democratic primary...

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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-05 08:20 AM
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1. BF is a very nice guy who is setting himself up for the future...
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Schmajo Donating Member (399 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-05 08:29 AM
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2. Flannery to run with Stams as running mate
http://www.dispatch.com/news/news.php

"Teammates from Notre Dames 1988 national championship football team lined up yesterday to run for Ohios top two offices. Former state Rep. Bryan E. Flannery, of Lakewood, announced his Democratic candidacy for governor and introduced fellow Fighting Irish defender Frank M. Stams, of Akron, as his running mate.

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Flannery, 37, was a junior defensive lineman and Stams, 40, was a fifth-year senior linebacker on Notre Dames most recent national championship team. After about a seven-year professional football career, including a stint with the Cleveland Browns, Stams became an insurance broker in Akron and has never run for office.

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Flannery said he will need about $2 million for the primary campaign and expects to report raising $200,000 on his Jan. 31 campaign-finance report. If elected, Flannery said his top priority would be to fix the school-funding system."

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Earl from Ohio Donating Member (185 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-05 09:57 AM
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3. He's worked long and hard on education
I admire Flannery for his devotion to the issue of school finance reform in Ohio-- he's worked long and hard on this issue and it's critical to the future of Ohio, on many levels.

Ohio's method for funding education from preschool through college is just sickening. The GOP has created a monster that is both grossly inadequate AND obscenely inequitable.

Under the status quo EVERYBODY gets hurt.

Oh-- I know that there is little or no chance of Flannery winning the nomination, but, like I said, his work on education in Ohio has been stellar.
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Earl from Ohio Donating Member (185 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-05 11:45 AM
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4. and remember tax credit
a donation to Flannery or any other state candidate gets you an Ohio Income Tax credit.
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-15-05 12:23 PM
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5. automated phone call
Last night, I received a phone call from Bryan Flannery announcing his candidacy for governor.
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liberalnurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 09:54 AM
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6. kick
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liberalnurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-05 12:59 PM
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