Former Macedonia Mayor Joseph Migliorini will be on the ballot for mayor this November.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted broke a tie vote by the Summit County Board of Elections Thursday in favor of allowing Migliorini to run. Husted, who is Republican, sided with the electon board's Democratic members.
The board's Republican members argued Migliorini won't have lived in Macedonia continuously for two years before the Nov. 3 election, as required by the city's charter. They pointed to how Migliorini has driver's licenses in both Ohio and Florida and has spent time in both states. The board's Democratic members said this wasn't enough evidence to kick Migliorini off the ballot.
Husted said Migliorini may have broken other Ohio laws by holding driver's licenses in two states, but he said he lacks "the authority to enforce" these laws.To read more or comment...
State Rep. Emilia Sykes will represent the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus at a national voting conference Thursday.
Sykes, D-Akron, will attend the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference Voting Rights Braintrust in Washington, D.C. The summit will discuss the state of voting rights and how citizens can become more involved in their government.
Sykes will join other young elected officials for a panel discussion on voting rights in Ohio, how participation can affect positive change and how young people can better engage the political process.
"I'm looking forward to the honor of representing Ohio," Sykes said in a press release.To read more or comment...
The Akron mayoral candidates competing in the November election will face off in at least one debate.
Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan, the Democratic candidate, and Eddie Sipplen, the GOP contender, have agreed to participate in an Akron Press Club debate on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
The debate will be at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway in Akron. Doors will open at 11 a.m., with the program starting about noon.
Cost is $20 for Press Club members and $25 for non-members. Cost will be $25 for all reservations received after noon Thursday, Oct. 8.To read more or comment...
Young people are invited to attend an event to learn why voting is important Thursday evening.
The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Akron, Hudson, Kent and Tallmadge and is timed to celebrate Constitution Day. Voter registration will be provided.
Speakers will be Summit County Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands, Turner Anderson, a graduate from the University of Akron, and Steve Brooks, associate director of UA's Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
The event is free and open to the public. It will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Barley House, 222 S. Main St. Refreshments and pizza will be provided and free parking is available in the adjacent deck.To read more or comment...
The ResponsibleOhio Green Rush Bus Tour will stop at the University of Akron Tuesday morning.
The group, which is backing Issue 3, a statewide ballot issue to legalize marijuana, is visiting more than 150 communities and college campus across the state to raise awareness about the issue. Issue 3 would legalize marijuana for medical reasons and personal use for adults over 21.
The UA stop will be at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Exchange and Spicer streets. The tour also will visit Kent State University and Ravenna later in the day.
These will be the tour's first stops in the Akron area.To read more or comment...
After initial partisan bickering, the Summit County Board of Elections this week approved the wording for two competing redistricting ballot proposals that will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Neither issue now contains the word "fair" as an adjective to describe the districts that would be created, which was the concern the Republican board members had previously raised.
One of the issue is backed by Republicans, while the other was put on the ballot by Summit County Council, all but one who is a Democrat. The main difference between the two is timing. The Democratic proposal would require the county’s districts to be redrawn after the 2020 census, while the Republican issue would redo the districts for the 2016 general election.
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Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper took the rather unusual step of weighing in on the Akron mayoral election, sending out a statement late Tuesday night.
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Eddie Sipplen, the Republican candidate for Akron mayor, will have an election night watch party starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Arnie's, 1682 W. Market St.
Sipplen is unopposed in the primary and will face the winner in Tuesday's Democratic primary -- Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan or Akron Councilman Mike Williams -- in the Nov. 3 election.
For more information, visit Sipplen's campaign website.To read more or comment...
The two largest papers in Northeast Ohio disagree on the better Democratic candidate for Akron mayor.
The Plain Dealer, which jointly endorsed with the Northeast Ohio Media Group, pointed to Williams' in-depth knowledge of Akron neighborhoods, pragmatic approach to the city's mammoth sewer project and experience with city government.
The Beacon Journal faulted Williams for not "getting things done," and said Horrigan has the "ability to set the right priorities and a temperment that seeks to break -- in a good way -- from a rancourous recent past."To read more or comment...
What are your thoughts on the future of downtown Akron?
Downtown Akron Partnership will soon begin public meetings to gather public input on this question.
"We recognize the need for downtown planning that can be inspired by national examples while maintaining an 'Akron' approach," Suzie Graham, the president and CEO of Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) said in a press release. "A great first step is learning from the experiences of other places and discussing those ideas with as many stakeholders as possible -- property owners, business owners, residents and visitors alike."
The meetings are being funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. They will be:To read more or comment...