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Nina Turner to hold early voting events this weekend, including in Akron and Canton

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 30, 2014

State Sen. Nina Turner, the Democratic candidate for Ohio secretary of state, will conclude her "Meet Me at the Box" early voting initiative this weekend with stops in Akron, Canton and Cleveland.

Turner, who is from Cleveland, previously visited Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Warren and Youngstown.

Turner's events this weekend will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Summit County Board of Elections, 470 Grant St. in Akron; 2 p.m. Saturday at the Stark County Board of Elections, 3525 Regent Ave. N.E. in Canton; and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland.

At her Akron stop, Turner will be joined by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, and state Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent.

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Summit County political parties offer rides to polls on Election Day

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 29, 2014

Need a ride to the polls on Election Day? If so, you're in luck.

The Summit County Democratic and Republican parties are offering rides to voters who need transportation on Tuesday.

The county Democratic Party will offer the service from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters may call the party's headquarters at 330-434-1311 to request a ride.

Voters also may call the county GOP's headquarters at 330-434-9151 to arrange a ride.

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Civil discourse group to hold event focusing on 27th Ohio Senate District in Akron Thursday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 28, 2014

A local civil discourse group will hold its first official event with a "candidates conversation" focusing on the 27th Ohio Senate District Thursday evening.

The event is sponsored by Better Outcomes, a non-profit organization started last fall by Louis Kraus of Bath, a mediator who wants to bring order to the political process.

The event, which will feature state Sen. Frank LaRose and George Rusiska, his Democratic opponent, will be at 6 p.m. at Temple Israel, 91 Springside Drive in Akron.

Those who would like to attend may register at the group's website.

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Ed FitzGerald, John Kasich plan events in Akron area this week

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 27, 2014

In the final week before the election, both major-party gubernatorial candidates will have events in the Akron area.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic candidate, will have a get-out-the vote event at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Laborers hall at 720 Wolf Ledges Parkway in Akron. The event is hosted by the Tri-County Labor Council.

Gov. John Kasich, a Republican running for his second term, will make a stop on a three-day Ohio Works Bus Tour at 5:20 p.m. Thursday at Presentation of the Lord Church, 3365 Ridgewood Road on Fairlawn. The other statewide GOP candidates also are expected to attend. The tour will include nine stops from Thursday through Saturday, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joining Kasich at the final stop Saturday in Columbus.   

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Deadline approaching to vote for Akron's best soundwall icons

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 23, 2014

Time is running out for you to have say in the images that will appear on new sound walls that will be installed through Akron's downtown.

Akron had a contest for suggested images and narrowed the field to seven finalists. It is now up to the public to decide on the three best, with those who first suggested the images receiving cash prizes. The images will be featured on the sound walls that will be part of an upcoming project to reconfigure the South Main Street/South Broadway interchange with Interstate 76/77 just south of downtown.

The seven images to pick from depict: a heron, Akron marathon runners, a rubber worker, Lock 3, the biomedical corridor, the downtown skyline and a chain of polymers.

To vote, visit this page, or send your picks to the Akron Engineering Bureau, 166 S. High St., Room 701, Akron, OH 44308.

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Voter action day and block party planned Saturday in Akron

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 23, 2014

A voter action day and block party will be held this Saturday in Akron.

The event is part of a series of simultaneous voter events planned across the state by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.

The Akron event will be at 3 p.m. at the Summit County Board of Elections, 470 Grant St. in Akron. It is co-sponsored by the Akron chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Laborer's Local 894.

Participants will meet at the board of elections, go inside to cast an absentee ballot and then have a rally outside to protest the recent cut that shortened Ohio's early voting period. Afterward, they will go to the Laborer's hall a few blocks away at 720 Wolf Ledges Parkway for refreshments, according to George Johnson, president of the Akron AFSCME chapter.

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Judicial candidate forum to be held Thursday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 21, 2014

A judicial candidate forum in which residents can directly address candidates will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at East Akron Community House, 550 S. Arlington St.

All of the judicial candidates in Summit County were invited to participate, with some accepting and others declining or not responding.

The event is sponsored by the Akron Organizating Collaborative and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.

Every judicial race in Summit County is contested in the Nov. 4 election.

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Akron continues to support expungement program; clinic to be offfered Saturday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 21, 2014

Akron City Council this week approved spending another $25,000 for the University of Akron law school's expungement program.

The program provides clinics that assist those with criminal convictions that may impede their employment with getting their records expunged.

Joann Sahl, assistant director of UA's legal clinic, told council members the clinics continue to draw a large attendance. She said the next effort that is needed is to educate employers about hiring those whose records have been expunged.

Several council members expressed support for the program.

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Rally at Statehouse to be held Saturday to call for better community/police relationship

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 16, 2014

A rally to call for a better relationship between the community and police will be held on the steps of the Statehouse at noon Saturday.

The event is being organized by the Ohio Student Association and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.

The groups are pushing for justice for John Crawford III, who was shot and killed by a police officer in a Walmart in Beavercreek in August for brandishing what turned out to be a bb rifle. A grand jury decided not to indict the officer.

The groups also are urging "law enforcement and policymakers to address the structural and systematic racial injustices faced by people of color in low-income communities," according to a press release.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown calls on CDC to monitor Northeast Ohio exposure to Ebola nurse

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 15, 2014

In light of news that the latest nurse struck with Ebola traveled to Northeast Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asking the agency to monitor the potential exposure to the area.

"The CDC must dedicate immediate resources to organize monitoring services in Northeast Ohio," Brown. D-Ohio, said in a press release this afternoon. "This includes close coordination with Ohio health officials and medical facilities, tracking and monitoring of Ohioans who may have been in contact with the patient, and the readying and potential deployment of infection experts to Ohio."

Brown's letter to the CDC asks the agency to identify and locate anyone who came into contact with Amber Vinson, a nurse who is a graduate of Firestone High School in Akron, coordinate with state and local health offices, and partner with the Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio Department of Health.

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville, said in a news release that she has directed a series of questions to the CDC, the Transportation Security Managemnt Administration and Cleveland Hopkins Airport officials and hospitals in her district to "evaluate the steps being taken to deal with exposure and protocals to protect the public."

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Ohio League of Women Voters probes early voting needs in survey

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 10, 2014

What do you think Ohio's early voting hours should be?

That's the question the League of Women Voters of Ohio is asking in a new survey started today.

Ohio's hours for in-person early voting have been debated for years and were the subject of litigation that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And yet, "no one has ever asked the voters what they want," Carrie Davis, the league's executive director, said in a press release.

The online "I Want to Vote" survey will run through Friday, Nov. 7, with results announced after the election. To participate, visit the website and post comments under the hashtag #iwanttovote.

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Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor to campaign in Medina Saturday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 10, 2014

Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will be back in the Akron area this weekend for another campaign stop, with this one in Medina.

They will campaign door-to-door in Medina at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, starting at the Medina County GOP headquarters, 799 Highland Court in Medina.

Kasich and Taylor also visited Canton and Cuyahoga Falls in the past two weeks.

The Medina event is among seven stops the campaign will make across the state Saturday and Monday.

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Lithuanian entrepreneurs to be working in Akron Global Business Accelerator

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 9, 2014

Two entrepreneurs from Lithuania will be working in the Akron Global Business Accelerator in the next month to explore getting the medical devices they helped develop ready for distribution in the U.S. marketplace.

Sam DeShazior, Akron's deputy mayor of economic development, introduced the entrepreneurs, Christina Liese and Maurius Gadaukis, during Monday's council meeting. Liese has developed new dental bone grafting material     while Gadaukis has created a device for the blind and visually impaired.

DeShazior said this is part of an international bridge between Akron and Lithuania.

Ingrida Bublys, a consul general for the Republic of Lithuania, said during the council meeting that she is "overjoyed" by the cooperation and hopes her country call fill the accelerator with entrepreneurs developing new technology and looking to market it in the United States.

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Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor to stump in Northeast Ohio, including a Canton stop

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 8, 2014

Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will be stumping in Northeast Ohio Thursday, including a stop in Canton.

Kasich and Taylor, along with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18, will first stop at the Innerbelt Bridge construction site across from Commercial Road in Cleveland at 11 a.m. They will then visit People's Services, 2207 Kimball Road S.E. in Canton at 2 p.m.

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Summit County elections board to hire non-partisan poll workers

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 7, 2014

The Summit County elections board will hire non-partisan voters to serve as poll workers.

The elections board will appoint these poll workers per election, rather than for an entire year like the board does with those who are Democrats or Republicans.

The board made this decision Tuesday after Secretary of State Jon Husted last week broke a previous tie vote in favor of the board hiring non-partisan voters. Husted said this is permitted under state law and that the board should “work in a bipartisan manner to decide how and when to appoint qualified, unaffiliated electors.”

For the Nov. 4 election, the board voted to hire 177 non-partisan poll workers, with 39 assigned to precincts and the rest available if needed.

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Ed FitzGerald to hold town hall forum in Akron Oct. 15

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 2, 2014

Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic candidate for governor, will hold a town hall forum in Akron Oct. 15, less than three weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

FitzGerald's forum will be at 6 p.m. in Suite 201 of the Laborers' Union Hall, 720 Wolf Ledges Parkway.

This was among eight debates, candidate forums or town hall events around the state that FitzGerald's campaign announced this evening. His campaign continued to criticize Gov. John Kasich, a Republican up for re-election, for not agreeing to any debates.

"Let me know when and where you want to debate, governor, and I'll be there," FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, said in a news release.

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Ohio gubernatorial debate scheduled, but without Gov. John Kasich

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 1, 2014

At long last, a gubernatorial debate has been scheduled in Ohio.

But, not with the candidates you'd expect.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic candidate for governor, has agreed to debate Anita Rios, the Green Party candidate. So far, Gov. John Kasich, a Republican running for his second term, hasn't accepted the invitation. Kasich hasn't agreed to any debates, a rarity for Ohio gubernatorial races.

FitzGerald and Rios will debate at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at the City Club of Cleveland, Lauren Hitt, a spokeswoman for FitzGerald confirmed Wednesday.

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Ohio Organizing Collaborative launching effort; events include one in Akron

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 1, 2014

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative will launch a civic engagement program today, hoping to reach 136,000 voters across the state.

The group will hold events at locations throughout Ohio this afternoon, including in Akron. The Akron event will be at 4 p.m. at East Akron Community House, 550 S. Arlington St.

The group's key issues include enforcing fair hiring policies, ending the school-to-prison pipeline and guaranteeing senior care benefits, according to a news release.

The collaborative is a statewide organization that unites community organizing groups, labor unions, faith organizations and policy institutes across the state.

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