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Akron politics post-Plusquellic has its own edge
New council president Jeff Fusco says there's a difference between politics and government

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Mayor Don Plusquellic is gone but political fights in Akron continue. That includes a shouting match after Monday night’s council meeting between member Russ Neal, and the city planning director and former council president Marco Sommerville.

New council president Jeff Fusco says some of the tension springs from people trying to find their place now that the larger-than-life personality of Plusquellic is gone.

And some of it is big-P politics.

The deadline to file for the Democratic mayoral and council primaries is a week from today. As the Summit County Democratic Party chairman, Fusco says he welcomes strong campaigns.



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“Out in the streets, going door to door. The mailers, the phone calls and this and that. That’s where the citizens of Akron are going to be able to hear the message from the candidates and make the decision on the direction they’d like to go in. However, I’d like to think that here at council, in the council chambers, is where we put that aside and advance the city forward.”

All council members are up for election this year, as is the mayor. And for the first time, all the council terms will be four years, instead of two. 

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