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Kominek files for Ward 4
MapleCityStar - January 15, 2010, 10:57 AM

A candidate has filed papers to run in Ward 4. Robert Kominek is retired from Navistar. Local media reports that he wants to eliminate funding for education, health care, and social services. Kominek has also been fingered in the media as a representative of an enigmatic citizen's group that allegedly employs a strategy of purchasing anonymous defamatory advertising, then hiding out until after the limitation period runs out to evade justice.  Councilor Weaver was the victim of an ambush from this group in the last election, but to this date, nobody ever took responsibility.

Kominek was served notice asking him to admit if he had any role in placing defamatory election advertising, or having a part in the Chatham-Kent Coalition of Concerned Citizens, but he did not respond.

Back in 2005, over 7,000 citizens signed a petition to request an audit into municipal spending. In 2007, Kominek acted as public spokesman for a renewed effort to re-label the 2005 petition for use in demanding a complete forensic audit, which was not what the original petition stated it was for.

Attempts to expose their plan to use signatures from 2005 for a different purpose were muzzled by the media, who claimed they were afraid of facing legal trouble from the group, even though unregistered coalitions do not have legal capacity to litigate anything. Nobody would disclose any names of group members, and everyone queried by the media stated the Coalition had been on hiatus. It seems odd the media were afraid of them to the point where their activities and motives became off limits.

People like Kominek would move Chatham-Kent backwards. Maybe we better not cut any spending on education with this kind of mindset out there trying to gain political power. Be wary of candidates with Mr. Kominek's connections and background. We do not need a repeat of the dirty politicking that happened last time.

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