When Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic referred to the late Ethel Chambers as a "pain in the neck" during Monday's Akron City Council meeting, he meant it in a good way.
Plusquellic was alluding, during a tribute to the community activist, to her tendency to hound him and other city leaders for improvements in her neighborhood or her latest project.
"I wish in this community we had a thousand Ethel Chambers," Plusquellic said of Mrs. Chambers, 89, who died last month. "It's a good pain to have. She helped make this community better."
Council members, who passed a resolution honoring Mrs. Chambers, joined Plusquellic in praising her for her years of service to the community. They also thanked her large family, several whom attended the meeting, for sharing her with the city. Mrs. Chambers faithfully attended Akron council meetings.To read more or comment...
Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will attend the opening of the Summit County Republican Party's campaign headquarters next week.
Party leaders thought they would have only Kasich, but just learned that Taylor will accompany him.
"We're pretty excited," said Debbie Walsh, the party's executive director.
The opening, which will be six weeks before the Nov. 4 election, will begin at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 122 Broad Blvd. in Cuyahoga Falls. Doors will open at 2:45 p.m.To read more or comment...
Akron's drinking water gets a gold star for its fluoride.
The city has been awarded the Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The award recognized the city for its consistent and professional adjustment of the water fluoride content for 12 consecutive months to Akron's 280,000 drinking customers.
Akron provides about 36 million gallons of drinking water to customers in the city and neighboring communities.To read more or comment...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich enjoys a solid lead over Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, his Democratic challenger, but the down-ticket races are more competive, according to a statewide poll by the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron released this week.
Beacon Journal columnist Steve Hoffman analyzed the poll and found the races for attorney general, secretary of state and auditor may still be up for grabs in the Nov. 5 election, owing largely to a large number of undecided voters.
Some are predicting a second-straight GOP sweep of the statewide offices.
The Bliss Poll showed that turnout will have a big impact on the outcome of the statewide races, with Kasich and the other Republicans helped by a lower turnout. A higher turnout could help the Democrats.To read more or comment...
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is campaigning in Northeast Ohio today, including stops in Kent and Wooster.
Taylor visited Kent State University at noon, where she met with the college Republicans. She will stop by the campaign headquarters for her and Gov. John Kasich in Independence, 6479 Brecksville Road at 3 p.m. Lastly, she will lead a jobs and small business discussion at 4:30 p.m. at the Wayne County GOP headquarters, 149 E. Liberty St. in Wooster.
Taylor is from Green in Summit County.To read more or comment...
With the November election drawing nearer, three statewide candidates will be speaking at the Akron Press Club in the next few weeks.
First up is Connie Pillich, the Democratic candidate for Ohio treasurer, who will speak Monday, Sept. 15. David Pepper, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, will be next on Tuesday, Sept. 30, followed by Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
State Sen. Nina Turner, the Democratic candidate for secretary of state, Secretary of State Jon Husted, and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, already spoke at the Akron Press Club. The candidates who haven't yet are: Treasurer Josh Mandel, Auditor Dave Yost, Gov. John Kasich and John Patrick Carney, the Democratic candidate for auditor.
Pillich, who is from the Cincinnati area, is serving her third term as a state representative.To read more or comment...
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.To read more or comment...