Now running for a seventh term on the Akron City Council, Mike Freeman is a strong and steady voice for Ward 9, in the city’s southwest corner. What’s more, Freeman, as vice president of the council, helps steer the city in the right direction, working well with the administration and fellow council members.
We recommend the re-election of Mike Freeman on Nov. 5.
His latest project is a new senior housing complex for the site where Heminger Elementary once stood. Freeman pushed for tax credits to enable the Buckeye Community Hope Foundation to build a $6.5 million, 40-unit project, a first of its kind for the Kenmore area.
Looking ahead to a new term, Freeman, director of planned giving for the Salvation Army, would continue to keep a close eye on vacant housing. He works well with John Valle, the city’s director of neighborhood assistance, to take care of problems before neighborhoods suffer. Freeman remains supportive of the city’s economic development efforts, including reaching out to foreign businesses.
Attentive to his ward, especially the Kenmore Boulevard area, Freeman is a respected and independent presence on the council. He carefully considers the administration’s proposals. When he disagrees (as he did with Mayor Don Plusquellic’s plan to lease the sewer system to fund college scholarships), he avoids needless grandstanding. He well deserves another term.
Freeman’s opponent is Republican Chris Miller.