Akron council-at-large candidates announced for 2019 primary

Three Democratic community leaders announced Friday they are running as a slate for Akron council-at-large positions in the May 2019 primary election.

AKRON, Ohio — Three Democratic candidates are partnering to run for at-large seats on Akron City Council in May 2019.

Councilman-at-Large Jeff Fusco, Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith and Akron School Board member Ginger Baylor announced Friday they are running as a slate for the positions.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan expressed his support of all three candidates and said he plans to partner with them through the primary election season.

“Jeff, Marilyn and Ginger are three extraordinary public servants that already provide great value to this community,” Horrigan said in a news release. “The three of them as a team provide a strong foundation for a more effective and collaborative Akron City Council moving forward.”

Fusco has been a public servant since 1986 and was elected as Akron councilman-at-large in 2015. He previously served as Ward 10 councilman, deputy service director and, from June to December of 2015, as interim mayor.

He currently holds the position of vice president of council.

“I see Akron moving in a very good direction, but we do have more work ahead of us,” Fusco said in the news release. “I have seen Akron government on both the legislative and administrative sides, and I remain committed to working toward continuing the positive direction we are headed.”

Keith has worked with Akron City Council since 2010 and was elected as its first female president. She previously worked as an Akron Public Schools elementary teacher before retiring and is involved in neighborhood block watch and ward meetings.

“I am running for an at-large position so the next generation has an opportunity to serve, simultaneously offering my experience as an educator and legislator to the greater community,” Keith said in the release. “I will continue my track record of being open and available, and I will work diligently to build upon our successes, to ensure that Akron benefits all of its residents.”

Baylor earned her teaching certificate in 1999 and has taught at Akron Public Schools, the University of Akron and the Akron Urban League’s ASSET program for adult students.

Baylor previously held a community outreach position for U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge.

“Throughout my conversations in the community, I hear many things, but primarily it comes down to this: People want an opportunity to work hard making a living wage in order to take care of their families and to know they are safe,” Baylor said in the release.

She said she will use her experience to listen to Akron residents and work closely with the administration, safety and service departments and neighborhood leaders.

Summit County’s 2019 Primary Election will be held May 7.

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