Democratic and Republican Akron mayoral candidates will debate October 16

The Democratic and Republican candidates facing off in the November election for Akron mayor will participate in a debate to be presented by the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 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 two candidates – incumbent Dan Horrigan and challenger Josh Sines – have agreed to the debate.

Please note that no campaigning will be allowed in the debate room, including but not limited to signs, T-shirts or other printed material. The Press Club reserves the right to refuse anyone displaying such material admission to the debate room.

Free seats are available for those who which to attend the debate but not pay for a lunch. Reservations are requested for these seats.


Program: Akron mayoral debate.

Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 16. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:15 and the program will begin at 11:55 a.m.       

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

Cost:  $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, October 11.

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.