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Former Akron Mayoral Candidate Josh Sines Dies at 45

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Andrew Meyer
Republican Akron mayoral candidate Josh Sines, outside the WKSU studios, following a 2019 interview.

An Akron businessman who unsuccessfully challenged Mayor Dan Horrigan’s re-election bid two years ago has died.

Josh Sines died in his home over the weekend according to posts on social media.

Sines was the owner of Bob’s Hamburg, having bought the Akron Landmark in early 2019.

During his mayoral campaign later that year, Sines sat down for an interview with WKSU. He pointed to his business experiences, both good and bad, in preparing him for his bid for office.

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Sines: lessons learned from business

“Well, I’ve had a failed business—in 2003 I owned a deli—and it was a combination of things. But, you take those lessons away and you learn the second time around," Sines said. "That was one of my greatest learning experiences and one of my greatest failures.”

Sines was born in Cuyahoga Falls and was a long-time Akron resident. He also worked as a weekend ring announcer for wrestling, boxing and mixed martial arts and previously worked as a court clerk and bailiff. Josh Sines was 45.

Connor Steffen is a junior at Kent State studying journalism. Connor is a member of TV2 News, Kent State's student-run television station, where he serves as the executive producer for all news operations. He also anchors, reports and produces for the station. After graduation, Connor hopes to work as a reporter at a local news station.