Akron, Ohio, November 30, 2018 – Akron Councilman-at-Large Jeff Fusco, Akron Ward 8 Councilwoman Marilyn Keith and Akron School Board member Ginger Baylor have announced they are partnering together to vie for the three Council-at-Large seats up for re-election this May on Akron City Council. All three candidates have years of experience and a breadth of knowledge regarding local issues that have prepared them to be an effective team to help move the city forward.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is a strong supporter of all three candidates. Mayor states, “Jeff, Marilyn and Ginger are three extraordinary public servants that already provide great value to this community. Jeff and Marilyn are both balanced and thoughtful members of Council who are deeply ingrained in the community, and Ginger has served as a liaison between the City and our federal legislators, giving her a high-level perspective of Akron’s true needs. The three of them as a team provide a strong foundation for a more effective and collaborative Akron City Council moving forward.”
Jeff Fusco has been a public servant since 1986.He served 8 years as Ward 10 Councilman; he served 3 ½ years as Council-at-Large before he was asked to join the city as Deputy Service Director where he served for 10 years. He was reelected to council-at-large in 2010 and became president of council in 2015. He served as interim Mayor from June through December 2015. He ran for at-large in 2015 and was elected; he now serves as vice president of council. Fusco states, “I see Akron moving in a very good direction, but we do have more work ahead of us. 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. I value and appreciate Mayor Horrigan’s support.”
Marilyn Keith has served on Akron Council since January 2010. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education and is a retired elementary teacher from Akron Public Schools. Keith adds, "I have had the honor to serve the City of Akron as Ward 8 Councilmember for seven years and was elected by my peers to become the first female President of Akron City Council. 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. I will to 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." Keith holds monthly ward meetings and attends numerous block watch meetings in her ward. She also sponsors monthly coffee meetings at the Northwest Family Recreation Center.
Ginger Baylor is currently a member of the Akron School Board. She received her teaching certificate in 1999 and was hired by Akron Public Schools. She was an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Akron and worked with the Akron Urban League teaching the ASSET Program, a business and computer curriculum for adult students. She previously served as Community Outreach for Congresswoman Marcia Fudge. Baylor adds, “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. I will bring my experience in serving the Congressional office of U. S. Representative Marcia Fudge and as an Akron School Board member to address residents' needs by first listening and then working closely with the administration, our safety and service departments, and the energetic neighborhood leaders throughout Akron, to continue the upward mobility of a vibrant and thriving Akron we can all be proud of.”
All three candidates plan to work closely together, and also in partnership with Mayor Horrigan, as they engage and inform the community throughout the Primary Election season.