Akron school board member Dave Lombardi is the Summit County GOP's top recommendation to fill a judicial vacancy.
The county party's executive committee met Wednesday evening to recommend three candidates to submit to Gov. John Kasich to fill the opening left by Akron Municipal Court Judge Julie Schafer's election in November to the 9th District Court of Appeals. Kasich will make the appointment.
The committee's other suggested candidates were: Jason Adams, a judicial attorney and magistrate for Summit County Judge Christine Croce, and Carrie Roush, a judicial attorney for Summit County Judge Tom Parker. Adams has previously run for office, while Rousch has not, said Bryan Williams, who chairs the party's executive committee.
Lombardi was elected to the school board in 2013 and had previously run for other positions. Williams said he is the "most prepared and electable: of the three candidates. The appointed candidate will need to run in November to fill Schafer's unexpired term.To read more or comment...
Akron City Council unanimously passed a resolution this week supporting online voter registration in Ohio.
State legislation to establish online voter registration was introduced in the last General Assembly, but not passed. The legislation, which is being championed by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, is soon expected to be reintroduced.
Councilman Jeff Fusco noted that 26 states currently have online voter registration. He said Ohio's database would be cross-checked with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles' information.
"It's important that we move voter registration into the 21st Century," said Councilwoman Margo Sommerville, who also noted this step could help to engage more young voters.To read more or comment...
An Ohio Congressman is again trying to preserve the name of Mount McKinley.
U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, has introduced a bill that would retain the McKinley name for the Alaskan mountain. The late McKinley, who is from Niles and whose resting place is in Canton at the McKinley National Memorial, was the 25th president of the United States and, before that, an Ohio governor and member of Congress.
"Mount McKinley is the highest point in North America and has held the name of our nation's 25th president for over 100 years," Gibbs said in a press release. "This landmark is a testament to his countless years of service to our country."
The debate about renaming the mountain, though, also has a long history, with some in Alaska arguing the peak should instead go by Denali, which is what the mountain is called in Alaska.To read more or comment...
If you're interested in applying to become an Akron police officer, you'd better hurry.
The deadline for applications is Friday. The city will hold an information session from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Summit County Job Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave.
Akron initially plans to hire 12 new officers. The eligibility list will be good for 18 months and the city has historically hired more than one class of officers from each list.
Those interested may apply in person at the city's personnel department in the CitiCenter Building, 146 S. High St, Suite 130, in downtown Akron. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applications also may be submitted online at www.akronohio.gov/personnel. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday.To read more or comment...
An Akron police officer is among the members of a new state task force that will study police and community relations.
Officer Brian Armstead is one of 18 members of the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations announced today by Gov. John Kasich's Office.
Kasich announced the task force in December after a series of incidents in Ohio and nationwide involving officer-involved shootings that prompted protests in many cities, including Akron.
The task force will hold a forum from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State University, 2001 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland. The group also will have at least four public forums around the state.To read more or comment...
The Summit County Republican Party is seeking applicants to fill another open judicial seat, this time for Akron Municipal Court.
The party will recommend candidates to Gov. John Kasich for the vacancy created by the election of Akron Municipal Court Judge Julie Schafer to the 9th District Court of Appeals in November. Schafer, who was elected to her first judicial post in 2013, will assume her new post Feb. 9.
Interested candidates may submit a written application and resume to Summit County GOP Chairman Alex Arshinkoff, 1755 Merriman Road, Suite 250, Akron, Ohio 44313. The deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22.
A committee will interview applicants at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26 at Summit County GOP headquarters and give a report to the party's Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will meet to chose three candidates to forward to Kasich at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path.To read more or comment...
Buckeye pride isn't the only thing on the line when Ohio State faces Oregon Monday night. There's also ice cream ... and wine.
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, has a friendly wager with Peter DeFazio, a Congressman from Oregon. If the Buckeyes win, Ryan must give DeFazio a gallon each of Jeni’s ice cream from Columbus and Handel's ice cream from Youngstown. If the Ducks are victorious, DeFazio will give Ryan a bottle of Oregon wine.
Ryan and DeFazio will appear together before the National Championship Game on MSNBC’s Ed Show during the 5 p.m. hour Monday to discuss the wager.
"I look forward to drinking a celebratory glass of Oregon wine," Ryan said in a news release.To read more or comment...
Former Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart announced this week that he won't be returning to his state job so that he can explore a resurrection of his political career. This begs the question: who will serve in his former job?
Robart's former job as a regional liaison for the Ohio Secretary of State has been, and will continue to be, filled by Perry Alexandrides, according to Matt McClellan, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jon Husted.
Alexandrides, who was born and raised in Youngstown and formerly worked for Congressman Bill Johnson and the Ohio Republican Party, has been in this role since last July. He will cover eight counties, including Portage and Stark.
Robart stepped down as the liaison last April because of an investigation into his computer use while he was the Falls mayor. No charges were filed in this matter.To read more or comment...
A meeting to discuss a ballot initiative calling on Congress to amend the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United case will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Tallmadge.
The meeting will be at the Tallmadge Public Library, 90 Community Road.
Citizens United permitted corporations to give unlimited campaign contributions. A movement is underway in the Akron area and nationally to repeal the decision by changing the Constitution.
Locally, a campaign has begun in Stow and Barberton passed a resolution supporting the effort. This is part of the national Move to Amend movement.To read more or comment...
The two newest members of Summit County's state legislative delegation will have local swearing-in ceremonies this week.
Greta Johnson, elected in November to represent the 35th Ohio House district, will be sworn in by Barberton Mayor Bill Judge and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic at 5 p.m. Friday at Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St. in Akron. The event will be hosted by Summit County Executive Russ Pry.
Emilia Sykes, who will take over the 34th House district that her father, Vernon, held, will be sworn in at 1 p.m. Sunday at United Baptist Church, 1007 S. Hawkins Ave. in Akron. A reception will follow, featuring hors d'oeuvres.
Both Johnson and Sykes will be officially sworn in with members of the legislature in a Jan. 5 ceremony in Columbus.To read more or comment...