The two major party candidates for Akron mayor squared off in a debate this week.
There's another candidate who wasn't there - Bill Melver, who is running as an independent in November against Democrat Dan Horrigan and Republican Eddie Sipplen.
Melver says he wants to help stem Akron's population loss by more promotion of the things Akron has to offer.
"Those who are contemplating moving out of the city," Melver tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "they are passing up a great opportunity to make a quality of life living right here in Akron."
He says current leaders do a "lackadasical" or poor job highlighting the city's strengths.
Melver points to his years working at GE under former CEO Jack Welch, and says asking what Welch would do would be a guide for him.