|Mahoning Valley Greens/Ohio Green Party
Mahoning Valley Green Dennis Spisak, one of the first elected Greens in Ohio has filed papers to run as a write-in
for Ohio’s 6th District Congressional seat. Dennis previously submitted sufficient petition signatures to qualify as
a candidate for the 60th District Ohio House seat but was disqualified on a petition form technicality and thusly barred from
running for any other Ohio office as a write-in in the upcoming November election. More details on Dennis’ campaign
will be forthcoming.
New Campaign Website: http://www.votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com/
I want to thank the 323 voters who signed our peititions to tun against Bob hagan this November.
We will now begin working hard on our run for Congress. I hope you can join us in this campaign!!!!
We enjoyed meeting everyone at the Campbell Cityfest Parade this past weekend!
July 19, 2008- Pig Iron Street Festival, Downtown Youngstown
July 21, 2008- Mahoning Valley Greens Party Meeting: 6:30pm
July 28, 2008- Speaking at the PUCO Rate Hike Meeting :2pm
See you down the road as our campaign continues!!!
Running a campaign is a significant challenge. It is difficult to get a message out to as many people as possible in a short
time. This web site is a great way to quickly introduce ourselves and educate visitors on the key issues of the campaign.
We hope you'll find the information you need on this site to make an informed decision. We look forward to hearing
from you if you have any questions or need further information.
Ohio Green Party 10 Key Values
TEN KEY VALUES
1. Ecological Wisdom
How can we operate human societies with the understanding that we are part of nature, not on top of it?
2. Grassroots Democracy
How can we develop systems that allow and encourage us to control the decisions that affect our lives?
3. Social Justice
How can we respond to human suffering in ways that promote dignity?
How can we, as a society, develop effective alternatives to our current patterns of violence, at all levels,
from the family and the street to nations and the world?
How can we restore power and responsibility to individuals, institutions, communities, and regions?
6. Community-Based Economics
How can we redesign our work structures to encourage employee ownership and workplace democracy?
How can we replace the cultural ethics of dominance and control with more cooperative ways of interacting?
8. Respect for Diversity
How can we honor cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity within the context of individual
responsibility to all beings?
9. Global Responsibility
How can we be of genuine assistance to grassroots groups in the Third World?
10. Future Focus
How can we induce people and institutions to think in terms of the long-range future, and not just in terms
of their short-range selfish interest?
My Progessive Core Values- Family Values I Believe Help Raise a Responsible, Caring Family.
Caring and responsibility , carried with our strength.
Protection, fulfillment in life, fairness.
Freedom, opportunity, prosperity.
Community service, cooperation.
Trust, honesty, open communication.
Our Candidate-Dennis Spisak
Dennis was one of the first Green Party Candidates to be elected in Ohio back in 2005 when he was elected to
the Board of Education for the Struthers City School System.
As a Board of Education member, he was able to help take the district out of state fiscal control and debt and return
the system to financial health in 2 years with the help of his fellow board members.
Also as a Struthers Board of Education member, he worked with the Save our Stadium Committee and the Board of Education
to tear down and rebuild the football stadium without using additional taxpayer money.
As principal of Southern Local High School in Coulmbiana County, his school
was named a “School of Promise” by the Ohio Department
of Education for 2003/2004 school year. He also received a State Improvement Incentive Award for $50,000 for an 83% improvement
state proficiency tests.
Dennis is married to his wife Molly, who teaches special needs children at
Lynn Kirk School. Their oldest child is a 2007 graduate of Struthers High School who now attends
Youngstown State University. They have two children in the Struthers City Schools with autism.
Dennis is a 1977 graduate of Struthers High School. He received his Bachelor's Degree
from Ohio University and his Masters Degree from The Ohio State University. He received his principal certification from the
University of Dayton and his superintendent certification from Ashland University.
Dennis Spisak has 23 years of experience in the field of education. He was a
classroom teacher at Centerville High School and served as an Assistant Principal for a combined
7 years at Genoa High School, Fairless High School, and Struthers High School. While at Genoa High School he also served as
the District's Athletic Director. Dennis was head principal at Southern Local High School in Coulmbiana
County for 7 years and also served as assistant principal at Indian River High School, a Department of Youth Services for
the state of Ohio that housed 350 youth prisioners.
Currently Dennis is principal at Brookfield Middle School in Trumbull County.
If the Mahoning Valley Won’t Support Mass Transit, Would they Support Van Transit?
The Mahoning Valley Green Party and other environmental groups are promoting a Ride the WRTA With A Friend
Day next Tuesday, June 24, 2008. The objective is to bring someone downtown on the WRTA Bus System. We would like those participating
to arrive downtown by around 11:30am and have lunch at a downtown restaurant.
As we have been promoting this idea,
we have receive some negative response that the greater Mahoning Valley will never support mass transit even if gas reaches
six or seven dollars a gallon.
So my next question is, would the Mahoning Valley support a Van Transit system that
is currently in place in Fort Worth, Texas?
The vanpooling group -- car-pooling in a van -- was formed two years ago
under a program administered by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.
In Tarrant County, 166 vans are now on the
roads, an increase from 144 last April, with a waiting list of additional riders needing vans. Dallas Area Rapid Transit is
maxed out at 145 vans with a waiting list of more than 20 would-be vanpools.
Local transportation agencies typically
provide the van, insurance and gas to a group of riders who live and work near each other. The group provides a primary vanpool
manager and drivers.
Collectively, each group estimates it saves more than $25,000 a year on gas, parking and insurance
by taking the van to work. That's in addition to the air quality benefits, shorter commute times and, of course, camaraderie.
course, there are inconveniences: waking up earlier than usual, rigid time schedules that don't allow for staying late at
work, and getting left behind if you're not punctual.
As the Independent Green Party Candidate for State Representative
for the 60th District, I believe we should invest in mass transit.