County Executive Russ Pry not seeking re-election in November; Democratic Candidate to be nominated on August 11th

Contact:          Jeff Fusco, Chair
                        Summit County Democratic Party
                        (330) 322-6009

For Immediate Release

July 29, 2016 ­­- Akron, Ohio - County Executive Russ Pry announced today that he is not seeking re-election this November in order to continue focusing on his health.

While Executive Pry will fulfill the remainder of his term this year, the Summit County Democratic Party will be nominating someone to run in his place at a Central Committee Meeting to take place on Thursday, August 11th, in the North High School Auditorium in Akron at 7:00 PM.

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers remain focused on Executive Pry’s recovery. We ask that all Summit County residents please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers,” said Summit County Democratic Party Chair, Jeff Fusco. “Secondly, while Russ has been recovering, Chief of Staff Jason Dodson and the team that Executive Pry assembled during his previous nine years in office have done an outstanding job moving the County forward, and they are to be commended.”

Over the past nine years, the communities of Summit County have benefited tremendously from Executive Pry’s steadfast devotion to improving the lives of all Summit County residents. His genuine commitment to public service has seen him rise from a small-town attorney in Mogadore to one of Northeast Ohio’s key economic ambassadors on initiatives and delegations that span the globe.

In addition to his official duties, Executive Pry has never ceased his commitment to mentoring Summit County’s next generation of political leadership, and his time as Chair of the Summit County Democratic Party is held in the highest regard by Democratic leaders, activists, and elected officials across Ohio.

“All of us at the Summit County Democratic Party would like to thank Executive Pry for his years of friendship and service to our organization and to the citizens of Summit County,” said Fusco. “We look forward to many more years working with him to improve the lives of people throughout the County, but request that members of the press honor his privacy during this time of healing.”