Akron Press Club presents mayoral debate August 19

The Akron Press Club will present a debate among the Democratic candidates in the Akron mayoral primary on Wednesday, August 19, at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station.

The debate is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. The moderator of the debate and the journalists who will pose the questions will be selected by the Press Club.

All Democratic candidates who are certified by the Summit County Board of Elections for the September primary have been invited to participate in the debate.

There will not be a primary debate on the Republican side since there is only one candidate. The Press Club is planning for a debate in the fall between the Democratic primary winner and the Republican candidate, who will face off in the November general election.



Program: Akron Democratic mayoral debate.

Time: Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 19. Program follows.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).


  • $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
  • Early bird discount of $15 for members and $20 for non-members for reservations made by Wednesday, August 12.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Friday, August 14 (members and non-members).

Reservations requested: Contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, August 14.

Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.


The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.