Saturday, February 21, 2004

Mayor: My photo isn't endorsement

By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but the mayor of Mason needed far fewer to get his point across about his photo being used by a Warren County commissioner candidate.

Mayor Peter Beck issued a statement this week explaining that despite a photo showing him with Councilman John McCurley on McCurley's campaign literature, Beck is backing candidate Dave Young, a Deerfield Township businessman.

Beck described the campaign mailings with the picture, taken at a veterans memorial event, as misleading.

"It has come to my attention that John McCurley, who is also running for the commission seat, is circulating literature using my photograph," Beck said in an e-mail. "I want to make it known that Dave Young is the only candidate who has my endorsement."

McCurley said he was not trying to deceive anyone. The picture is one of many he is using in his campaign.

"There are a lot of public pictures that I'm in as mayor or councilman that include other councilmen," McCurley said. "I didn't use his name or anywhere state that he endorsed me, even though I think he would want to support the people he represents."

Young and McCurley are two of the four Republican candidates vying for the commission seat Larry Crisenbery is vacating. Educator John Lazares and farmer Tom Spellmire also are on the Republican ballot for the March 2 primary.

Beck had earlier stated his support for Young, saying they have similar business ideologies. Young said Friday he is not going to file a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission.

"I'm focusing on my own campaign," Young said. "I think that as Republicans, we need to stand together, even if someone does something that you don't necessarily agree with."


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