Thank you!


Thank you so much for all of your hard work this year. Upon reflection, it is clear that we earned every victory we received last month by working hard, by being true to each other, and by being true to our principles. While we did relatively well at home, we know that all of you are just as concerned as we are about the implications of a Donald Trump Presidency for our country. Clearly, we have much work to do over the next four years.

As we move forward as a local, statewide, and national organization, we ask that you approach this work with open hearts, open minds, and a steadfast dedication to the fundamentally Democratic ideas that we are all in this together and that we are all better off when we are all better off. 

The day after the Election, we began to receive an outpouring of support from people all over Summit County looking for ways to get involved. We can assure you that there will be room for everyone to lend a hand in 2017 and beyond. But, in the meantime, we would like to direct you to our local Democratic Clubs for more immediate opportunities to begin building with us. Information on these organizations can be found here:

May you and your families enjoy a safe and happy Holiday Season. As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.


The Summit County Democratic Party

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Vote today (and be safe out there)!

Good morning, all!


Whether you're working the polls, in the boiler room, on the street, or standing in line to cast your ballot, we thank you for your participation in this year's historic election!

There has already been some buzz in the press this morning about the voter intimidation tactics that will be used today by Donald Trump and the Republican Party. We'd like to remind everyone to please be safe out there. If someone is harassing you, do not engage with them. Please be courteous and place a phone call to:

the Summit County Democratic Party: 330-434-1311

the Summit County Board of Elections: 330-643-5200

Local Law Enforcement: 911

Remember, it is the right of everyone to engage in campaign activities outside of the 100 foot markers at polling places, today. But, these activities should never prevent you from voting. The fact that the GOP is blatantly resorting to these kinds of tactics is reason enough to get out there and cast your ballot. We are on the right side of history.

Finally, below is our sample ballot! Now, let's get out there and make it happen!


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November 4, 2016 – Akron, OH On Saturday November 5, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge invites all citizens to celebrate the 2016 election and exercise their right to vote. 

Starting at noon on Saturday, food trucks, entertainment, the 711-Corvette Club, and the Rolls to the Polls motorcycle rally will all be at the Summit County Democratic Party Headquarters, 438 Grant St., Akron, OH 44311.  NFL legend Jim Brown will also be in attendance to greet voters and encourage everyone to vote early at the Summit County Board of Elections just down the street. Families are welcome.

On Sunday, November 6th Souls to the Polls returns to Summit County.  Billy Soule and churches from across the community will be hosting their congregations and encouraging all voters to vote early. The faithful will be meeting at 1pm at the Summit County Democratic Party Headquarters, 438 Grant St., Akron, OH 44311.  Food, great entertainment, and a special guest will be in attendance.  Families are welcome.

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Our Endorsed Candidates

Every race is important this year, especially our Judicial races. We need to keep people who espouse the values of Donald Trump out of our court system!

Therefore, we wanted to be extra sure you saw this. It's important we get it in front of every good Democrat. We hope you'll print it out and take it with you to the pollsshare it with friends and family, and even post it on your Facebook page!

Sample Ballot

Thanks for helping us get the word out! 

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If he only had a brain...

Ahh, yard signs. They bring out the best and worst in people... but now they are also inspiring some seriously fabulous works of art.

We just got these pictures from a Hillary Clinton supporter in the Northern part of Summit County. Fed up after having her signs stolen by neighbors, she decided to erect a scarecrow to keep them out of her yard instead.

I don't think Oz could save this one, though...




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Want to Meet Hillary on October 3?

On Monday, October 3, Hillary Clinton will campaign in Ohio!  Hillary will lay out her plans to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. She will also urge Ohioans to register to vote and get ready to vote early.

Clinton's visit will be nearly one week prior to Ohio's voter registration deadline,October 11, and the start of early voting, October 12. Millions of Americans will vote in this year's election -- and more people are expected to vote early than ever before. Don't forget: you can get information about registering and check your registration status at

Here are the details for the event in Akron -- we hope to see you there! 
  • Doors open: 3:45 PM EDT
  • Where: Goodyear Hall and Theater, 1201 E Market St., Akron, OH 44305
  • RSVP Here!
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Join the team and help us make history right here at home!


Campaign season is in full swing, and many of you have been reaching out for information on how you can get a piece of the action! The Hillary for America and Summit County Coordinated Campaign is always looking for volunteers.

If you're interested in lending a hand, please stop by HFA headquarters at 1706 West Market Street in Akron to sign up! 

We can't wait to see you!

Pete Nischt
Executive Director
Summit County Democratic Party

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17th Annual FDR Award Winners Announced!!

Pete Nischt, Executive Director
Summit County Democratic Party 
(330) 608-5358


For Immediate Release

May 17, 2016 – Akron, Ohio - The Summit County Democratic Party has officially announced award recipients for its 17th Annual FDR Dinner, which will feature keynote speakers County Executive Russ Pry, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, and Congressman Tim Ryan on Thursday, May 19th, at The Tangier in Akron.

Award Recipients are as follows:

Akron Mayor Daniel M. Horrigan, recipient of the Al Teodosio Democrat of the Year Award
Summit County Domestic Relations Court Judge Carol Dezso, recipient of the Jane Quine Democrat of the Year Award
Sarah Rubens, recipient of the Chair’s Distinguished Service Award
Anthony Gomez, recipient of the Chair’s Distinguished Service Award
Bailey Sandin, recipient of the Summit County Young Democrat of the Year Award
Judge James R. Williams, recipient of the Madeline Bozzelli Democrat Lifetime Achievement Award

The Democratic Party will also be creating a new award this year, The Labor Leader of the Year Award, which will be awarded posthumously to the late labor leader and community activist, John Wagner.

“At a time when everything from voting rights, to the right to organize, to the right of women to make their own healthcare decisions is under attack, now more than ever, it is important for us to recognize those who embody the spirit of progressivism by fighting to preserve and protect Democratic values in our communities,” said Summit County Democratic Chair Jeff Fusco. “I am especially proud of our FDR award recipients this year. They are a shining example of everything we stand for and hope to achieve, and I am excited to celebrate their achievements with them this Thursday.”

Tickets to the FDR Dinner may be purchased online at, by mail, or in person. For more information, interested parties may call 330-608-5358.


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17th Annual FDR Dinner Featuring County Executive Russ Pry, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, and Congressman Tim Ryan

We've got some amazing and important events coming up that we wanted to make sure you heard about!

For a New Deal

The 17th Annual FDR Dinner featuring Russ Pry, Marcia Fudge, and Tim Ryan is fast approaching!

The dinner will take place on Thursday, May 19th, at The Tangier in Akron. The Tangier is located at 532 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44303. A VIP reception will be from 4:30 - 6:00 PM and the dinner program will start at 6:00 PM. You may purchase tickets online HERE or by making checks payable to the "Summit County Democratic Party" and sending them to 438 Grant Street, Akron, OH 44311. Please be sure to put "FDR" in the memo line if sending a check! If you have any questions, please call 330-608-5358 or email

Also coming up...

Also coming up this spring are a whole host of events to support Democratic Candidates and Organizations! Be sure to check out The Summit County Progressive Democrats Annual Fundraiser featuring Cecile Richards (this Thursday), The Tri-County Regional Labor Council Community Awards Banquet featuring Russ Pry (next Thursday), and fundraisers to support all of our other amazing Democratic Candidates! For a full list of events coming up this year, please head on over to our calendar at!!!

Thanks for all you do to keep Summit County Blue!


Jeff Fusco
Summit County Democratic Party

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Onward into 2016!


Fellow Democrats,

I wanted to take an opportunity to thank and congratulate each of you for an amazing 2015 here in Summit County.

Together, you fought hard and laid some amazing groundwork for 2016. You defeated a Republican attempt to gerrymander our County Council districts, you came together with us to fund a county-wide sample ballot program, and you made it possible for our Party to contribute meaningfully to some of our most important races.

Congratulations, especially, go out to Akron's new Mayor, Daniel M. Horrigan, the Akron Municipal Court's new Judge, Jon Oldham, the Stow Municipal Court's new Clerk, Diana Colavecchio, and all of the other great Democrats who fought hard for the privilege of serving our communities with integrity and Democratic values.

We also owe much thanks to the amazing team of officers, interns, and volunteers here at the Summit County Democratic Party who continued working hard to put this organization on a stronger footing in my absence. Special thanks go out to Sandra Kurt, Chris Grimm, Russ Balthis, Bill Rich, and Pete Nischt for their dedication to that cause. I especially appreciate all of the hard work that Sandra Kurt dedicated to our Party as Acting Chair. "Thanks, Sandra!"

Democrats all over Summit County rose to new and unexpected challenges last year, and we accomplished some amazing things together. I am thrilled about the opportunity to continue our good work in 2016, and I can't wait to put another Democrat in the White House.






Jeff Fusco
Summit County Democratic Party
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