Republican voters will find four candidates running for three at-large seats on the all-Democratic Akron City Council. The last Republican member was John Frank, who represented Ward 8. He stepped down in 1997.
We recommend the election of Charly Murphy, Karl Johnson and Christine Kormushoff in the Republican primary on Sept. 10.
Murphy, who ran in Ward 1 four years ago, would bring varied skills and a valuable perspective to the council. He has been overseas to work with Christian ministries and ran an Akron nonprofit called Urban Connection, which provided mentoring and job training to low-income residents for five years, ending two years ago.
Murphy now runs a small business that provides entry-level employment opportunities for low-income residents. His five hot dog carts are mainly in downtown Akron, providing seasonal work. On the City Council, he would push the city to offer additional job training opportunities.
Johnson, an airline pilot, is an entrepreneur. In addition to working for United Airlines, he started his own small business that rents recreational equipment such as inflatable party slides. He stresses the need for more political diversity on the council, after 16 years of Democrats only. He would push the city to work closely with business and education leaders to increase training opportunities for the city’s work force.
Kormushoff has the entrepreneurial spirit, too. She has run her own photography business since 1994. Her top concern is to increase the number of police officers and firefighters in the city. She is also anxious for the city to help the Akron schools increase educational opportunities in math, science and technology.
The fourth candidate is Linda Robinson.