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Plusquellic says farewell in an uncharacteristically low-key fashion
The mayor for nearly three decades plays it by the numbers numbers in his final press conference

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Mayor Don Plusquellic says farewell, armed with a survey that show Akron residents are overall satisfied.
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On his last official day in office, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic met with reporters, answered no questions and presented a poll that shows – overall – residents think he’s leaving the city better off than he found it.

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"And for those naysayers and for people who for their own political ambitions and other reasons have taken shots and said, ‘The city’s going in the wrong direction, and the mayor’s  terrible and he doesn’t do anything and that damn downtown and he spends money…’  Well,  this is real people. These are the people that Nixon described as the silent Americans."

The survey done by the local polling firm CMOR in March and April finds six in 10 Akron residents think the city's heading in the right direction and two-thirds are satisfied with city services They strongly support investment in downtown. The only down side: potholes. 

Plusquellic is leaving after 28 years in office. Council President Garry Moneypenny will be sworn in as mayor Sunday at 4 p.m.  

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