Pete Nischt, Executive Director
Summit County Democratic Party
JEFF FUSCO TO TEMPORARILY STEP DOWN AS PARTY CHAIR; SECOND VICE-CHAIR, SANDRA KURT, TO TAKE OVER AS ACTING CHAIR
For Immediate Release
June 10, 2015 – Akron, OH – The Summit County Democratic Party announced today that its Chair, Jeff Fusco, will be temporarily stepping down from his post, effective midnight on June 10. Second Vice-Chair Sandra Kurt will succeed him as Acting Chair until Fusco can return to his post.
The temporary shift in leadership came about in response to the resignation of Garry Moneypenny as the Mayor of Akron. Fusco, who also currently serves as President of Akron City Council, will immediately succeed Moneypenny under the City’s charter once Moneypenny’s resignation is effective. Fusco will serve as Mayor until his successor takes over on January 1, 2016, when he will return to his post at the Party.
The Akron City Charter requires the Mayor to “devote his entire time to the performance of the duties of his office,” which preclude Fusco from holding the office of Chair. The Party’s Constitution and By-laws provide for the delegation of duties should the Chair become temporarily unavailable to serve.
“I have complete confidence in the ability of Sandra Kurt to serve in my absence,” said Fusco. “These are unprecedented times, and it is important now that we come together for the good of the Party, for the good of the City of Akron, and for the good of Summit County.”
Fusco, who was first elected to Akron City Council in November 1985, and who later served as the City’s Deputy Service Director, filed yesterday to run again for the At-Large City Council seat he has dutifully held since he was elected to that role in November 2009.
“I am proud of the work we are doing at the Party, and admire Jeff’s continued dedication to his community,” said Kurt. “I believe in the City of Akron. While the City has faced tough and challenging times in the past, it has always come out on top.”
Kurt, who was recently re-elected as an At-Large County Councilwoman, is currently enrolled in a program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. She will be running the Party remotely until she returns on June 19, 2015.
Please direct all press inquiries regarding this matter to Party Executive Director, Pete Nischt.