There were many elections I just voted down the party line.
But for the Akron mayor election I'm telling you this: Don't vote for a Democrat!
About two weeks ago I made up my mind that I was going to endorse a Democrat for the Democratic primary that is happening Tuesday, September 8.
I had a guy I was leaning towards.
I've been watching all the contenders closely. That's become part of my job as the Independent in the race.
None were overly exciting. But one seemed to be legitimate.
Then his site broke.
It wasn't totally down but he was having some issues with his secure server.
I wrote him and said two things:
His answer: Nothing.
He didn't tell me to go fly a kite. He didn't say thanks.
He said nothing.
I waited two weeks before writing this story just to make sure he had time to respond.
Then I realized what was happening.
He is part of the same old political system that has existed in this town for as long as any of us can remember.
I could go on and on.
There is not going to be a single different change of the way things are done in Akron politics if we vote another Democrat into office.
Even the best of the three is terrible.
REPUBLICAN LEANING PEOPLE, LISTEN UP!
This could be your chance.
You legitimately could get your guy into office.
Now, it's not going to be easy. The Democratic power base is incredibly organized and wealthy.
But you have really good people helping your guy: Eddie Sipplen.
Volunteer for him.
Work hard for him.
You truly could change the political machine of Akron by voting in the Republican.
What I like most about him is that he is open, welcoming of all people and he has a fresh perspective.
Personally, I think he's probably a little bit too "small government" for my tastes. I could be wrong about that. But that's my feeling.
But I'll tell you this: If you really want someone that will "work together" with city council, other government officials and the people of Akron, I truly believe Eddie will do it.
I don't believe at all that any of the Democrats will behave one bit differently than our previous mayor.
That's because you aren't voting in a person. You are voting in a machine that has been growing in power and corruption for 3 decades.
Because I'm a horse in the race, me saying I think liberal-leaning people should vote for me doesn't hold much water.
But for what it's worth, if you want a person who believes in:
Then you should seriously consider voting for me, Sage Lewis, in the general election on Tuesday November 3rd.