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Akron City Council Ward 3 representative

10/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Tony Brown vs. Nyere McGuire vs. Margo Sommerville (incumbent)

Voters living in Ward 3 in West Akron will vote for one candidate for Akron City Council Ward 3 representative on the Sept. 10 Primary Election ballot. Since all three candidates are Democrats, the winner of the race will be decided in the Primary. Below is information that would have appeared in our Voter Guide, which features candidates and issues in the November General Election. Also included below are three position paper questions with answers from the candidates. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our questions printed as submitted.

 

Tony Brown

Tony Brown
Personal information: Brown is married and has one child and one grandchild.

Political affiliation: Democrat

Age: 56

Resident of: Akron

Education: Graduate, Buchtel High School, 1975

Profession: Currently, perishables manager, Acme Fresh Market (40 years); formerly, owner of Brown’s Maintenance Insulation Co. (1989-2007)

Professional activities: Member, South Akron Block Club; continued ministering to homeless men at The Haven of Rest; Deacon Board vice president; president over youth group (Holiness Young Peoples Union); president of VICA (School)

Campaign website: www.electtonybrown.com

What makes you the better candidate?

“I believe that I am the better candidate for ward 3 City Council because of my extensive experience throughout my life which has equipped me with the necessary leadership and people skills, decision making skills, business management, problem solving and creativity. Of my 56 years living in Akron, 40 of those years have been spent in customer service working with the public. I have 30 years in management, solving problems such as: Union issues, racial issues, working with employee issues with children as young as 15-1/2 years of age to seniors 70 years of age and over. I have successfully trained new employees for Acme Fresh Markets. I have worked diligently in my church for over 41 years. I have done ministry work with the homeless and in prisons, affiliated with and have hosted the South Akron Block Club meetings for the last 7 years. My family and I have started 2 businesses, the first Browns Maintenance Service (a cleaning company) was started in 1980-1989 and the second business was Brown’s Maintenance Insulation Co. which was started in 1989-2007. These businesses have afforded me the opportunity to have services many city buildings as well as hundreds of residential property owners within Northeast Ohio.” … [Exceeded stated word limit.]

Why are you running for Council?

“I feel that I am equipped with vast experience through my employment with Acme Fresh Market, life skills experience and my church affiliation. I have acquired excellent managerial skills managing people, budgets and inventory, solving problems large and small with very high success rates. I have good moral and ethical and leadership skills. I have been the owner of two family business from 1980-2007. I am concerned about the well-being of people internally as well as externally. I care about families, seniors, children and the homeless. Based upon my background, knowledge and being a apart of the community, I have and share the same concerns for our community and I feel that I would be a great voice to stand up for what is right and fight against what is wrong for in my.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“Providing job training to assist potential and current employees to qualify for higher paying jobs.

“Paying people a living wage instead of a minimum wage.

“Creating good paying jobs where one would not have to have a college degree to obtain it, however, if a person desires a college degree, I would be willing to assist in any way I can.

“Tackling safety, education and the vacant housing issues.”

 

Nyere McGuire

Nyere McGuire
Personal information: McGuire is single.

Political affiliation: Democrat

Age: 48

Resident of: Akron

Education: Attended, The University of Akron, marketing and sales major

Profession: Currently, president and CEO, Level III Fashions (20 years); formerly, event coordinator, Muscular Dystrophy Association (seven years); formerly, retail sales, Edison Brothers (two years); formerly, management, Merry-Go-Round Enterprises (six-and-a-half years)

Professional activities: President, Copley Road Merchants Association; member, Marketing Advisory Board at Buchtel High School

Campaign website: None provided

What makes you the better candidate?

“I’ve lived in Ward 3 all 48 years of my life. I know the community more than the other candidates. I know the families, the seniors and the children. I’m a very strong advocate for the South Rangers Football and cheerleading program. As a child I was involved in the library book club in which we won prizes for reading a number of books. As councilman I want to bring those programs back to our library. I want to see Ward 3 grow in the right direction and I feel I can take Ward 3 in the right direction.”

Why are you running for Council?

“I’m running out of concern for Ward 3 to make it a better area for our kids and seniors to live a great life.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“Economic development, to create jobs for our citizens in Ward 3, whether it’s start up or corporate businesses, our young men and women are in need of jobs in Ward 3.

“Housing development, the abandoned houses are a big problem not only in Ward 3, but in the Akron area as well. The best thing to do is rehab or demolish. I prefer housing rebab.

“Education, we need and have quality education in Ward 3. But in order to have a great education for our children in Ward 3, as Ward 3 councilman we need to have the parents get more involved with the children’s education and I believe we will see better results in the quality of education our children deserve.”

 

Margo Sommerville

Margo Sommerville
Personal information: Incumbent Sommerville is single.

Political affiliation: Democrat

Age: 32

Resident of: Akron

Education: Graduate, Firestone High School, 1999; B.S., Lincoln University, business administration and human services (magna cum laude), 2003; M.A., The University of Akron, public administration, 2004

Profession: Currently, Akron City Council Ward 3 representative; currently, vice president and funeral director, Sommerville Funeral Services (nine years)

Professional activities: Akron Council committees include: Budget Finance, Public Utilities and Parks and Recreation; member, Federated Democratic Women; past member, East Akron Community House Board; past member, Keep Akron Beautiful Board; past member, Mature Services Board

Campaign website: facebook.com/margo.sommerville

What makes you the better candidate?

“I have always been passionately and actively involved in the Akron Community through my board service and other community activities. My degree in Public Administration has prepared me for public service, giving me a clear understanding on public policy, budgeting and how the government works. My eight months on council I have learned a lot and understand that there is still more to be learned. I have begun the process of addressing some of the issues plaguing our community such as safer neighborhoods. I hosted a community meeting to bring residents of Ward 3 together to begin to strategize on how we can reduce gun violence in our neighborhoods. I have begun the process of job creation by passing legislation to create a CDL training program through the Akron Urban League to prepare Ward 3 residents for upcoming sewer project jobs. As business owner of Sommerville Funeral Services, in Ward 3 I understand the importance of economic development and job creation. While serving on council I have become more aware of the importance of partnership, collaboration and working with the administration to bettering our community. I am the best candidate to build on progress I have initiated in Ward 3.”

Why are you running for Council?

“I am running for Akron City Council because Ward 3 residents deserve safer neighborhoods, more job opportunities and affordable housing. I want Ward 3 to become a family focused community, a jewel in the heart of our city. I believe I bring a fresh perspective while strategizing solutions to the problems facing our community. As a business owner and home owner, I have a vested interest in making sure Ward 3 is successful.”

What would be your top three priorities if you were re-elected? Why?

“Safer neighborhoods, we must create a community where people want to live, work, invest and open businesses. Job creation is a key to keeping people home in Ward 3 so that they can give back to the community in which they grew up in. We must address the issue of high numbers of vacant, old and dilapidated homes in our community. Razing abandon homes ends the plagues of trash, liter, drugs and crime and allows neighborhoods to create community gardens and parks.”

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