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General election primer: Stories to read before heading to the polls

By Published: November 3, 2015

The general election is on Tuesday and the mayoral race in Akron is in the spotlight. Following the resignation of Don Plusquellic, Akron will have its first new mayor since 1987. Below are several stories to read about the Akron mayor's race and more from around the area before heading to the polls:


Racial issues surface in Akron mayoral race

Akron mayoral candidates answer questions on city’s issues

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Two Portage County poll workers honored by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 28, 2015

Now that's a dedicated poll worker.

Despite losing her home, vehicle and possessions in a fire in April, Lois Byers, a Portage County poll worker, still showed up for training and worked at the polls in the May primary election. She was living in temporary housing and wearing borrowed clothes.

Byers, who lives in Atwater, was one of two poll workers presented with Red Carpet awards Wednesday by Secretary of State Jon Husted. The awards honor election workers who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Husted also recognized Alverna Kline of Ravenna, who has worked in 54 elections in the past 24 years.

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Akron mayoral candidates announce election night plans

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 26, 2015

The Akron mayoral candidates have announced their plans for election night on Tuesday.

Dan Horrigan, the Democratic candidate, will be at the Duck Club, the restaurant at Canal Park Stadium downtown. He plans to address the media about 9 p.m.

Eddie Sipplen, the Republican candidate, will be at Barmacy Bar & Grille, 1714 Merriman Road, beginning at 5 p.m. He will buy the first drink for anyone wearing an "I voted" sticker.

William Melver, the independent candidate, will have a combined election night and birthday party, as he will be turning 75 on Election Day. He plans to celebrate beginning at 7 p.m., with the location to be announced later.

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Summit County Democratic, Republican parties welcoming prominent speakers

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 21, 2015

Both the Summit County Democratic and Republican parties will welcome prominent speakers to Akron in the next week for annual fundraisers.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas will speak at the county Democratic Party's 16th-annual Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner Sunday. Not to be outdone, the county Republican Party will welcome former U.S. Sen. John Sununu to its finance dinner Tuesday.

Castro first gained prominence after his appearance with his twin brother, Julian, on the state of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Sununu, who also served as governor of New Hampshire, is a frequent commentator on television news shows.

The Democratic event will be at Todaro's Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road with a VIP reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner. Tickets are $150. For more information, call party headquarters at 330-434-1311.

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Akron mayoral candidates announce last events before Nov. 3 election

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 19, 2015

With the campaigns winding down, the two major-party candidates for Akron mayor have announced their last events before the Nov. 3 election.

Dan Horrigan, the Democratic candidate for Akron mayor, will have a final fundraiser and rally from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the President’s Lounge, 341 Darrow Road.

The suggested donation is $25. For more information, visit his campaign website.

Eddie Sipplen, the Republican candidate, will have city-wide town hall meetings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 at his campaign headquarters, 1683 W. Exchange St.

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Block club, citizens group holding forum for Akron candidates

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 19, 2015

The Dorchester/Mineola Block Club and the United Concerned Citizens will sponsor a candidate forum Wednesday evening.

The forum will feature candidates for the Ward 4 Akron City Council seat, Akron mayor and Akron school board. The purpose is to "give our community the opportunity to be engaged, encourage voting awareness, hear from the candidates and vote with a purpose," according to a press release.

The event will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Buchtel High School, 1040 Copley Road. Visitors should use the front entrance.

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Updated: U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci to co-host women's event in Strongsville

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 16, 2015

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, will co-host a women's event called "Insightful Women Who Drive the Nation" in Strongsville Tuesday.

More than 200 women, including 40 women from Summit County, will participate, according to Elizabeth Litzow, Renacci's spokeswoman.

Renacci is co-hosting the event with U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, a Republican from South Dakota. He has hosted similar events in the past to provide Ohioans with resources for leadership and professional development, according to a press release from his office.

The event will include a networking and resource fair, comments from Renacci, a panel discussion of prominent female leaders and a speech by Noem. Para Jones, president of Stark State University, will be among the panel discussion members.

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Akron council candidate files campaign finance complaint against Zack Milkovich, his opponent

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 16, 2015

Wayne Darlington, the Republican candidate for the Ward 10 Akron City Council seat, filed a complaint with the Akron City Council Clerk's Office Friday, alleging that his opponent violated the city's campaign finance rules.

Darlington says in his complaint that former state Rep. Zack Milkovich, his Democratic opponent, loaned himself $4,500 in cash. He said the city charter prohibits candidates from accepting contributions of more than $25 in cash and includes loans in its definition of contributions.

Darlington also thinks this is a violation of state law, which limits a candidate to a maximum cash contribution of $100. He alerted the Summit County Board of Elections, which audits candidates' campaign finance reports, to the issue earlier this week.

Milkovich, reached by phone, said he wasn't aware of the complaint and will check into it.

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to be guest at fundraiser for state Sen. Frank LaRose

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 15, 2015

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will be the special guest at a fundraiser for state Sen. Frank LaRose Tuesday.

A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner. Both will be at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path in Akron.

Tickets for the reception are $100 and for the dinner are $1,000.

For more information, contact Samantha Fallucco at 330-715-5617 or

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Updated: Akron GOP mayoral candidate Eddie Sipplen draws visits from Mike DeWine, Rob Portman

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: October 13, 2015

Eddie Sipplen, the Republican Akron mayoral candidate, has drawn the support of two of the more prominent office holders in his party, with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman planning to make visits on his behalf in the next two weeks.

"He's putting up a strong campaign and they recognize that," said Bryan Williams, chairman of the Summit County Republican Party's executive committee. "They want to do what they can to support it."

Republican Akron mayoral candidates in the past have seldom prompted appearances from statewide politicians.

DeWine will attend a Sipplen fundraiser that will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Ken Stewart's Grille, 1970 W. Market St. in Akron. Portman, who also is up for election this year, will stop by Sipplen's headquarters, 1683 W.Exchange St. in Akron, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 as part of a "Super Saturday" push that will include stops in five large cities.

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