Akron, Ohio it’s that time again, get out and vote. There are candidates and issues on the ballot that will affect change in the city of Akron. This will include voting for a new mayor. Mayor Don Plusquellic abruptly left office in May 2015, after 20 plus years of service. Currently, it appears the two candidates poised in the mayoral race are Daniel Horrigan and Micheal Williams. Horrigan has already won the Democratic primary.
One of the biggest issues on the ballot is Issue 2 and Issue 3 regarding the growing and selling of Marijuana. Medically speaking, marijuana has certain health benefits in the areas of reducing seizures, sickness in cancer patients after chemotherapy, and in the treatment of glaucoma. Issue 2 claims a monopoly on the industry, whereas issue 3 allows people to grow their own marijuana and create jobs for retailers.
Issue 3 claims it will allow 10 grow sites that can compete with one another. If demand and consumption are not met after 3 years, the independent state Control Commission can add additional licenses until demand is met. Second, the legalization of home growing by up to 4 flowering plants and by law the growing area must be securely enclosed, locked, and inaccessible to anyone under 21. Last, Ohio based entrepreneurs who are 21 and older will be required to obtain local precinct voter approval before being licensed to open a retail marijuana store.
Another issue on the ballot is issue 21 and issue 22. Issue 21 calls for a fair nonpartisan plan for Summit County Council Districts. This issue will establish an independent, nonpartisan commission after each census to create fair districts for County Council representatives. Issue 22 claims radical backroom scheme and partisan power grab created by political bosses, which would reduce ballot choices and threaten minority representation on Council. Issue 21 is approved by democrats, republicans, and independents. In maintaining and funding for the arts, Issue 8 promises no tax increase. Candidates running for office are Valerie McKitrick and Pete Nischt for Akron School Board. The two candidates running for court appointments are Magistrate John Oldham for Akron Municipal Judge and re-elect Judge Jerry Larson for Akron Municipal Court.
Whatever your choice, just make one. Get out and vote. Stand up and let your voice be heard and counted on November 3. Check with your local prescient or registration office for voting rules and guidelines or the Summit County Board of Elections for more information.