2200 Homeless Kids In Akron

When I write these posts I try to come up with a catchy headline. I try to say something that will make you stop a second and consider clicking into read the rest of the story. If 2200 homeless kids in Akron sounds about right, sounds like an understandable number, sounds like something you can […]

Akron Press Club – A Scourge On Democracy

I spent most of the Akron Mayoral debate yesterday just shaking my head.  There are three candidates you will see on the ballot for Akron mayor on November 3. But the Akron Press Club chose to only let the Democrat and Republican candidates participate in their debate. I challenge you to tell me one legitimate […]

Taking the Monopoly / Cartel Propaganda Head On

If you live in Ohio you are probably aware that when you go vote on Tuesday November 3 you will be voting on Issue 3. It’s the marijuana initiative. If you are familiar with the initiative you might also connect with it the words “Monopoly” or even “Cartel”. In fact, that is how it will […]

Why I really want you to vote for the marijuana bill…

There is one prevailing reason most people I know don’t like Issue 3 that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 3: It creates a monopoly. In fact, here is the text you will read on the ballot: Issue 3Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposesProposed […]

The Mac is Bac!

   You may remember the story of our iMac being stolen from our office by a homeless guy I was helping.  The interesting part of that story is that all Apple products have gps tracking on them.  So I’ve had an alert set to notify me when it came back online.  Sure enough, it came […]

Wait! What? You already met the goal???

Am I reading that right? Did you guys already, like in one day, meet the goal for the “No Feet Left Behind” campaign? I came in this morning thinking about how I was going to inspire you all to donate to the cause. But it turns out you already did it! You are AWESOME!!!! Thank […]

Somebody is going to get a shit ton of socks out of this mayoral race

   I just heard Rocky tell her friend Holly that on the phone.  I’ve been told by several homeless people that they always need socks.  Homeless people are constantly walking.  Their socks wear out, get wet and get really dirty.  If it’s socks they want, it’s socks they’ll get.  Do you like socks?  Are you […]

Intermission – The end of season 1

   I bet most baseball players feel embarrassed striking out.  “I should’ve let that ball go. “ “I could’ve focused more.” “I would’ve hit it if I didn’t have a headache.” Should’ve. Would’ve. Could’ve.  Those words make me cringe.  “If things just had been different.” When I was quitting drinking the group I belonged to […]

Day 106: I’m Out and I’m Sorry – On The Road To Mayor

The verdict was decided today by the Summit County Board of Elections: Not enough of my 1086 signatures were deemed valid. Most of the reasons were either because they: Weren’t registered. Not the correct address. That was the fatal flaw of my strategy. Most of my time was spent with the homeless. Apparently they have […]

Day 104 – Perpetual Not Knowing – On The Road To Mayor

Fortunately, the next chapter of this journey is near. This Wednesday, September 23, at 10am the Board of Elections will determine if any of the Independent Candidates will make it onto the November 3 General Election ballot. There are 3 possible Independents that potentially could get on the ballot.  Me Bill Melver Stephen Muhammad Both […]

Day 100 – Guess who’s a Gigabit city. It’s not Akron. – On the road to mayor

The awesome news that Hudson is now going to officially be a Gigabit city came over yesterday: Hudson starts up high-speed gigabit internet service – Your Business – Ohio Hudson’s city owned and operated Velocity Broadband as of Tuesday started offering internet connections up to a gigabit per second – 1,000 megabits per second. To give […]

Day 99: This is how change starts. – On the road to mayor

I missed a call and text last night about 10:15.  When I woke up this morning I was able to put the whole story together through text, Facebook and some Facebook messages.  A homeless guy I, and two other friends, Bill Wise and Jon Batten (who I met through Conservative News Authority), are friends with […]

Day 98 – Second Class Citizens – On The Road To Mayor

I think one of the most difficult human abilities to develop is empathy. Being able to put yourself in another person’s shoes is incredibly difficult. Maybe impossible, really. If you aren’t experiencing something it’s very common to feel like it doesn’t exist. Women are treated fairly in the workplace.  African Americans are treated equally by […]

Day 96: Why there are so few great people. On The Road To Mayor

   Do you remember the post (day 32) where I listed a few people who I thought would be cool to run for mayor? As you can imagine, there was no resounding thrill from them to run.  The best people in our communities rarely have interest in running for office.  Why? I don’t think it’s […]

Day 95: But he stole your iMac! On the road to mayor.

    That picture pretty much says it all.  That’s my newest friend walking out the front door of my office in the middle of the night this past Thursday with the iMac in my office.  We had met earlier in the day, in my office, talking about many things.  How the owner of the apartment […]

Day 91 – Primary Election Day! On The Road To Mayor

   Did you know that the word “democracy” is never mentioned in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution? Democracy was feared by the founding fathers.  James Madison expressed this attitude in Federalist #10: “…instability, injustice, and confusion …have in truth been the mortal disease under which popular governments everywhere perished…” But they knew one […]

Day 90 – A Zero Waste City – On the Road To Mayor

   I read with great interest the New York Times article on zero waste communities.  I am a firm believer that in order for Akron to grow and become a place young people want to live we must move forward bravely and boldly.  We must become a beacon of light and inspiration for what 21st […]

Day 87 – 1086 Signatures! – On The Road To Mayor

I have a habit of becoming obsessed with things. I can’t just run a few miles a day. I have to run a marathon without ever running another race in my life.  I can’t run just one marathon. I need to run 3 marathons to prove to myself that I actually can run marathons. When […]

Day 85 – A Gift of Vegetables – On The Road To Mayor

   There is a man who has been a great help to me with my campaign so far.  He spent over two decades in prison. Though thin, he has diabetes. His liver is failing.  His feet hurt him immensely.  He’s been a heroin addict.  And, like many homeless or near homeless people, he has a […]

Day 85 – Stop Complaining! – On The Road To Mayor

As a middle aged, (used to be) blonde haired, blue eyed, 6’2″ white male I know nothing of what it means to be dismissed, segregated or marginalized. Truly, I am “the man.” But this mayoral campaign has given me the rare opportunity in my life to get a small taste of what it’s like to be […]

Day 83 – Mayoral Available Funds – On The Road To Mayor

The Akron mayoral candidates in the primary race needed to submit their financial information last week. I’ll be talking about this in greater detail over the next few days. But today I just wanted to show you the top line numbers. How much money each candidate has been given so far in the race. Dan Horrigan: […]

Fully Support Fight for $15

I am in complete support and will advocate for the Fight for $15 cause.  We cannot live in a world where people work full time and can’t live. $15 minimum wage is realistic and fair. If you believe the government spend too much money helping people with food and living expenses you should support Fight for […]

Day 82: To Mike Williams Supporters – On The Road To Mayor

   You probably don’t know me. And therefore you have no reason to trust me.  And honestly, I’m not overly enthusiastic about Mike.  But he definitely has strengths: He is incredibly knowledgeable about how the Akron government machine works.  He’s smart.  He’s polished and professional.  His weaknesses are not important for this conversation. And you […]

Day 80: Horrigan – Public Enemy #1 – On The Road To Mayor

You probably think that title is extreme.   “You’re just jealous he’s doing so well.”  If I thought he was good for Akron I’d be pleased as punch he’s totally dominating this race.   But I’m telling you this: no one is given this much absolute support without strings being pulled, promises being made, back office deals […]

Day 78 – Dan Horrigan Vaporware – On The Road To Mayor

His blog says: “Dan Horrigan has a very detailed, 15-part plan for the City of Akron, starting the day that he takes office as Akron’s new Mayor.” I was excited to dig into that. Truly, I’m all for ideas on making our city as great as it can be. But “very detailed” must mean something […]

Day 77: Akron Hunger Games – On The Road To Mayor

Granted, we aren’t offering up our children to fight to the death to appease the Capitol.  But otherwise, there are a lot of similarities in how Panem, the nation in The Hunger Games, and Akron operate. Our UPS driver at work will often talk about the streets of Akron. As you can imagine, he is […]

Day 75 – The Homeless Army – On The Road To Mayor

   I have a very difficult time getting signatures to get on the ballot to run for mayor.  In Ohio, if your intention is to really run for political office, just swear your allegiance to the Democratic or Republican Party and you will have a much easier time of things. They need 50 signatures to […]

Day 73 – All 3 Candidates Bought and Sold – On The Road To Mayor

My heart sunk a little when I heard Eddie Sipplen decided to have Steve Albrecht to be his campaign manager. I really thought Eddie had a campaign manager who was really awesome. If you don’t know, Steve Albrecht is the chairman of the family-owned Acme Fresh Market.  Acme operates 15 stores in Summit, Stark, Portage […]