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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 adam@vanholaw.com 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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U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's staff to hold office hours in Mogadore Thursday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 7, 2015

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's staff will hold office hours in Mogadore Thursday.

His staff will help constituents with issues regarding federal agencies.

The office hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the Mogadore Public Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave.

For more information, call Renacci's Wadsworth office at 330-334-0040.

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Second Akron mayoral debate is planned

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 7, 2015

A second debate for the Democratic candidates for Akron mayor is now planned.

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Greater Akron will hold a lunch-time debate Wednesday, July 15 at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path.

"I'm doing this because I want these guys to have the opportunity to express their opinions," said Brian Whitaker, a BOMA member and local business owner who is organizing the event. "We've got big shoes to fill with (Don) Plusquellic."

The three candidates, Frank Comunale, Dan Horrigan and Mike Williams, have agreed to participate. About 150 people are expected to attend, Whitaker said.

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Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper to attend event in Akron next week

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 1, 2015

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper will visit Akron next week as part of an effort to turn Ohio and Summit County blue.

The Summit County Blue Cocktail hour will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9 at the Lockview, 207 S. Main St. in downtown Akron.

Hosts for the event are: U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge and Tim Ryan, state Reps. Greta Johnson and Emilia Sykes, Summit County Executive Russ Pry, and David Prentice, executive secretary of the Tri-County Regional Labor Council.

Cost is $25 for an attendee, $50 for a supporter, $100 for a sponsor and $200 for a host.

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State Sen. Tom Sawyer to decide by Monday if he will remain in Akron mayor's race

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 26, 2015

State Sen. Tom Sawyer plans to decide by Monday if he will remain in the Akron mayor's race.

Monday is the deadline for candidates to withdraw and not have their names appear on the Sept. 8 primary ballot. Candidates may withdraw after then, but notices must be posted at polling places informing voters that any votes cast for them won't be counted.

Sawyer, who has been involved in politics for 40 years at the local, state and national levels, said when he filed to run for mayor that he wasn't sure he would remain in the race. He said he wanted to "be part of the conversation."

"I've heard from a substantial number of people who were glad to see me in the race," said Sawyer, one of four prominent Democrats running for mayor. "I'm sure the other candidates heard the same thing."

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Akron council committee delays recommendation on new at-large member

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 26, 2015

An Akron City Council committee tasked with recommending a new at-large council member plans to mull the decision this weekend.

The committee interviewed 17 applicants Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

"It was difficult to make a recommendation," said Councilwoman Margo Sommerville, who is chairing the selection committee. "We wanted to take time to review the top candidates."

The committee will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, before council's other committees start at 1:30 p.m., and make a recommendation, Sommerville said.

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Akron's Democratic mayoral candidates to debate

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 25, 2015

The four Democratic candidates for Akron mayor will face off in an Akron Press Club debate.

The debate will be Aug. 19, about three weeks before the Sept. 8 primary.

The candidates are: Summit County Councilman Frank Comunale, Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan, state Sen. Tom Sawyer and Akron Councilman Mike Williams.

The luncheon before the debate will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the program immediately following at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway.

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