Election 2019

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In 2019, the word in elections is local.  Akron residents have the chance this year to choose their next mayor and council.  There are county-wide ballot questions for all Summit County residents and local races throughout Northeast Ohio. You can get more information here on some of the key races and find out who and what is on the ballot where you live from the League of Women Voters online guide.

The group Ohioans for Gun Safety is making a push to get a popular gun control measure in front of voters.

According to the group’s spokesman Dennis Willard, they’re focused on one issue: getting mandatory universal background checks passed in Ohio.

Volunteers for the group spent Election Day at polling sites statewide, asking for signatures to put a new gun control law on the 2020 ballot.

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Akron Republican Josh Sines says he’ll concentrate on his businesses after losing the mayor’s race.

Election 2019 Results

Nov 5, 2019

Final numbers are in from Summit County. Democrats will retain control of the mayor's office and all of the seats on Akron City Council. Here are the numbers:

HORRIGAN  77%      SINES  23%

JEFF FUSCO, LINDA OMOBIEN, and GINGER BAYLOR captured the three at-large council seats. 

Ward 1   RICH SWIRSKY wins reelection unopposed.

Ward 2  PHIL LOMBARDO  77%      TODD KLEINTOP  23%

Ward 3  MARGO SOMMERVILLE  91%    MICHAEL DOWNEY  9%

Ward 4  RUSS NEAL 79%   DeANDRE FORNEY  21%

Ward 5  TARA MOSLEY-SAMPLES wins reelection unopposed.

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Residents of Summit County are able to vote early Monday -- the final chance for early, in-person voting ahead of Tuesday's election.

This fall’s ballot includes council races, levy renewals and proposed administrative changes for County Council. But several of the people voting over the weekend expressed concern over the state’s process for purging voter rolls. Tina Hicks from Cuyahoga Falls brought her husband for early voting to ensure he casts a ballot -- and remains registered.

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In addition to a host of local races, tax levies and ballot questions in this year's election, voters in two counties in Northeast Ohio will be asked to make changes in how county government operates. 

Summit and Cuyahoga Counties are the only two counties in Ohio to have a charter form of government. In order to make changes in their organization, voters must approve the changes.

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On Nov. 5, Akron residents will decide who will lead their city for the next four years.  First-term Mayor Dan Horrigan, a Democrat, is facing a challenge from local business owner, Republican Josh Sines.

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Summit County voters will decide this Election Day whether to renew a levy that supports mental health and addiction services. It’s been in place for 12 years and the funds are being used differently than in the past.

Issue 14 is a 2.95-mill levy that provides most of the funding for the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. The six-year levy was introduced in 2007 and previously renewed in 2013.

Akron Voter Guide

Oct 23, 2019

On election day, November 5th, voters in Akron will decide whether they want four more years of Democratic Mayor Dan Horrigan, or if they want to give newcomer Josh Sines, a Republican and restaurant owner, an opportunity. Voters will also choose representatives for ward and at large council seats.

Richard Swirsky is currently the Ward 1 representative on Akron City Council. A Republican candidate, Brenda Rongone Costarella, had filed to run against him, but the Summit County Board of Elections indicates she has withdrawn from the race.

Tara Samples is currently the Ward 5 representative on Akron City Council and is unopposed in this election. 

Voters in 19 greater Cleveland communities will decide the fate of levies in their school districts when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

If approved, the money will be used to avoid a deficit for Brooklyn City Schools and to provide emergency resources for Parma City Schools, West Geauga and Green Local Schools to name a few.

Jennifer Houge with the Ohio School Boards Association says if voters don't pass the levies, these districts will have to make difficult decisions to balance their budgets.