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Effort begins to engage young voters in Akron mayoral election

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 30, 2015

An effort has begun to engage young people in the Akron mayoral election.

Jefferson Center, a civic engagement organization in St. Paul., Minn. is in Akron this week to begin a new project that aims to reach out and involve young voters in the first election of a new mayor in Akron in 28 years. The effort will target millenials, those who are generally between 18 and 34 years old.

The center met Thursday morning with its partners in the project: the Beacon Journal, the University of Akron's Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, WKSU and the NewsOutlet.

Kyle Bozentko, the center's executive director, said the long-term priorities are to answer these questions:

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Akron council approves plans for new retail development on West Point Market site

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 28, 2015

Akron City Council this week approved plans for a new retail development planned for where West Point Market now stands.

The vote was 11-1, with Councilman Rich Swirsky as the lone no vote. Councilman Jim Hurley was absent from the meeting.

Swirsky said he voted in the negative because he is concerned about how the new retail development may impact the Mustard Seed grocery store in Highland Square that recently opened. Swirsky represents Ward 1, which includes Highland Square.

S.J. Collins, the Georgia-based developer, plans to tear down West Point Market and two adjacent homes that had been converted into businesses and build a new organic foods grocery store and two other retail buildings on the property near the intersection of West Market Street and North Hawkins Avenue.

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Akron opposes proposed federal cuts to programs for community, housing programs

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 22, 2015

Akron City Council passed a resolution this week opposing proposed cuts to federal funding for local community and housing programs.

Helen Tomic, Akron's comprehensive planning manager, said the House version of the budget would basically maintain the 2014 levels of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funding, but the Senate version would significantly reduce both types of funding.

Tomic said the Senate budget would cut the federal HOME funding from $900 million to $66 million. She said Akron's portion of the HOME funding would drop from $1.1 million in 2015 to $78,000 in 2016.  ver  This would

"This would hurt the nonprofits," she said, referring to the local agencies that now receive funding through this source from the city. "They might have to close their doors."

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U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's staff to hold mobile office hours Wednesday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 21, 2015

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's staff will hold mobile office hours in Medina and Norton Wednesday.

The hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the Medina library, 210 South Broadway St., and 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Norton Library, 3930 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

For more information visit Renacci's website or call his Wadsworth office at 330-334-0040.

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Mike Williams' campaign posts video of Akron mayoral debate

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 16, 2015

Mike Williams' mayoral campaign has posted a video on his YouTube channel of Wednesday's debate.

Williams, an Akron councilman, and the other two Democratic mayoral candidates, Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale and Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan, faced off in the first of two scheduled debates Wednesday. The second debate will be held Aug. 19.

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Federated Democratic Women of Summit County to hold candidate's night

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 16, 2015

Residents who want to hear from the Democratic candidates in the September primary may want to stop by a candidate's night hosted by the Federated Democratic Women of Summit County.

The event will be Thursday, July 23 in the second floor meeting room of the Mustard Seek Market and Cafe, 867 W. Market St. at the corner of West Market and Portage Path.

Light refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited. RSVP to Renee Greene by Monday, July 20 by calling 330-861-2932.

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Akron mayoral candidate Eddie Sipplen to hold town hall meetings

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 16, 2015

Eddie Sipplen, the Republican candidate for Akron mayor, will kick off a series of town hall meetings next week.

Sipplen has identified a host of challenges the city is facing and has said he wants to hear from residents before deciding how he would address these problems.

The meetings will be:

* 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 at the Kenmore library branch, 969 Kenmore Boulevard.

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Updated: Ted Strickland to hold fundraiser in Cuyahoga Falls

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 14, 2015

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a U.S. Senate candidate, will have a fundraiser in Cuyahoga Falls this week.

Strickland is one of two Democrats battling for the right to challenge U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

The event will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Burntwood Tavern, 2291 Riverfront Parkway.

For more information, contact Adam VanHo at or 216-288-8500.

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Pro-marijuana group to hold press conference in Akron Tuesday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 13, 2015

One of the groups working to get a statewide issue on the ballot to legalize marijuana will hold a press conference in Akron Tuesday.

ResponsibleOhio is pushing a ballot initiative that would create 10 pot growing sites in Ohio, including one in Hudson. The Hudson site would be in the Hudson Crossing Business Park near state routes 8 and 303.

The group, along with local labor leaders, will have a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Laborers Local Hall, 720 Wolf Ledges Parkway.

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State Sen. Tom Sawyer supporting Dan Horrigan for Akron mayor

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 8, 2015

State Sen. Tom Sawyer, who bowed out of the Akron mayor's race after filing petitions, is now supporting Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan.

Sawyer, who said he wasn't sure whom he would back when he dropped out of the race last week, announced his decision in a press conference this morning. This was the first press conference Horrigan, one of three Democratic candidates for mayor, has had in his campaign.

Sawyer has been involved in 35 campaigns during his 40 years of public service at the local, state and national levels, including the few weeks he was in the Akron mayor's race. Horrigan said Sawyer will serve as a campaign advisor.

"I'm proud and honored to have him as part of my campaign," Horrigan said.

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