AKRON

Ward 1, Ward 6 meetings
scheduled Thursday night

Ward 1 Councilman Rich Swirsky will hold a ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at King Elementary School, and Ward 6 Councilman Bob Hoch will hold a community meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Robert J. Otterman Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive.

At the Ward 1 meeting, officials from the Akron District Energy Plant will discuss how the plant serves downtown. They will also provide cost-saving efficiency and energy tips for homeowners. Other information on city road resurfacing and fall leaf pickup will also be provided.

Call Swirsky with questions at 330-283-6178.

Akron Police Capt. Kris Beitzel will be at the Ward 6 meeting to talk about several issues including crime in the area. There will also be a community center update and an opportunity for residents to discuss other topics and concerns.

SUMMIT COUNTY

John Schmidt will hold
office hours at library

Summit County Council President John Schmidt will host public office hours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 Third St.

Schmidt, who represents District 2, will be available to answer questions and hear concerns from constituents. District 2 includes most of Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls and portions of Akron including East Akron, Goodyear Heights and North Hill.

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Canned food drive to aid
Good Samaritan center

The University of Akron will host a monthlong canned food drive to support the Good Samaritan Hunger Center.

The campaign begins Monday..

The kickoff will take place at noon at the Student Union. UA has purchased rally towels, called bammies, for any student donating two or more cans of food. Those students will also be entered in a prize drawing.

The university is working with student groups to load and unload the donations.

For more information about Good Samaritan, go to: www.goodsamaritanhungercenter.org.

MEDINA COUNTY

Park district leader
announces retirement

Medina County Park District Director Tom James is retiring after leading the agency for 25 years, the Medina Gazette reported.

“I hope to enjoy some of these parks more than I have been able to as I have been actively employed,” he told the newspaper.

Nathan Eppink, who previously worked for Summit County Metro Parks, is taking over as director effective Monday. James will remain through December to help through the transition, the Gazette reported.

COLUMBUS

Libertarians file complaint
over gubernatorial debates

The Libertarian Party of Ohio has filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission over being excluded from three gubernatorial debates, including the first one held last week at the University of Dayton between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine, according to the Dayton Daily News.

The 23-page complaint alleges that the university and the DeWine and Cordray campaigns excluded other qualified gubernatorial candidates from planning and participating in the debate.

"No pre-existing objective criteria — other than the participants being Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine — were published, documented or in any way made available to the public, the press, the two minor political parties, or the two minor political parties’ qualified gubernatorial candidates," the complaint says, according to the newspaper.

Libertarian Party of Ohio nominee Travis Irvine and Ohio Green Party nominee Constance Gadell Newton will also appear on the statewide ballot as candidates for governor.

Two other debates between Cordray and DeWine are planned for Monday at Marietta College and Oct. 7 at Cleveland State University.

The Ohio Elections Commission is expected to give the complaint a preliminary review at its Nov. 1 meeting.

 

-- Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, Dayton Daily News