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Canton mayoral race next year expected to be contested; unclear so far who will run for Akron mayor

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: September 2, 2014

While it's still unclear who's running for Akron mayor next year, it looks like the Canton mayor's race will be contested.

Canton Treasurer Kim Perez plans to challenge Mayor William Healy II, the Canton Repository reported.

Both are Democrats. Healy has said he will seek another term.

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic hasn't said yet if he will run again. He faced a Democratic challenge in his last election from Councilman Mike Williams, very similar to the potential Healy/Perez matchup. Plusquellic, already Akron's longest serving mayor, won handily.

Adding a new wrinkle into next year's Akron mayor's race, any council member who wants to run will have to do so from an unprotected seat. Because of a charter change, every council post will be on the ballot at the same time as the mayor. And, the 10 ward council members for the first time will run for a four-year term like the three at-large seats.

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