There's a new wrinkle to Tuesday’s primary election, with residents of Akron and Green casting springtime votes to set up November's municipal races.
Last fall, voters in Akron and Green joined fellow Summit County communities Cuyahoga Falls and Tallmadge in moving the primary to May from September.
In Akron, Mayor Dan Horrigan faces challenger Greg Harrison, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Akron, in the Democratic primary. Josh Sines, new co-owner of Bob’s Hamburg, is the lone mayoral candidate in the Republican primary.
The Democratic primary for Akron City Council seats is crowded.
Across the city's 10 wards, only Rich Swirsky of Ward 1, President Margo Sommerville of Ward 3 and Mike Freeman of Ward 9 are running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Six Democratic candidates are seeking spots on the November ballot for three at-large Akron City Council seats. They are incumbents Linda Omobien, Veronica Sims and Jeff Fusco and challengers LaMont R. Porter, Akron school board member Ginger Baylor and Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith. Four Republicans — Cynthia D. Blake, Monica McNatt, Osita Obierika and Henry Todd — are seeking election to the seats. The top three finishers in each party will advance to the general election.
In Green, the nonpartisan mayor and law director races are crowded.
Mayor Gerard Neugebauer is facing three challengers — Kristy Doering, Green school board member Mark Herdlick and Ward 4 Councilman Matthew Shaughnessy.
The top two vote-getters in the primary will move on to the Nov. 5 general election.
Six candidates are seeking the part-time law director's position in Green — the first time the job will go before voters instead of being appointed by the mayor. As with the mayoral race, the top two vote-getters will compete in the Nov. 5 election. Also in Green, eight people are seeking three at-large council seats.
Also Tuesday, voters in several Summit communities will decide various issues.
Springfield Township residents are being asked to approve an additional tax of 1.25 mills for the township police department.
In Hudson, voters will get to voice their opinion on added downtown development.
City leaders want to know how the public feels about its "Downtown Phase Two" project. The public vote won't be binding; the Architectural and Historic Board of Review and City Council still hold the final say.
In Lakemore, voters will decide on a gas aggregation plan.
In Mogadore, which is in Summit and Portage counties, voters are being asked to raise the income tax from 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent. Voters rejected the increase in November.
Meanwhile, six school districts with voters in Summit are seeking approval of property tax issues.
The Nordonia Hills district is seeking approval of a continuing 6.98-mill operating levy. In Tallmadge, district officials again are appealing to voters to pass a 7.4-mill, five-year operating levy.
Four school districts are asking voters to approve levy renewals: Twinsburg, Green, Aurora (includes portions of Reminderville) and Jackson (includes portions of Green).