The passing of George Voinovich, a former mayor, governor, and senator in the state of Ohio, has caused plenty of public figures to step forward with their reflections and condolences. One of those figures is former Akron mayor Don Plusquellic. Though the two came from different political backgrounds, Plusquellic spoke in depth about the political and person life of Mr. Voinovich on the Ray Horner Morning Show. The long-time Akron mayor mentioned how he and Voinovich worked together over the years, and how it was possible to reach across the political aisle. Voinovich was the governor of Ohio from 1991-1998 and a member of the U.S. Senate from 1999. Prior to those offices, he was the mayor of Cleveland from 1980-1989. The Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland, which is partially under construction, is dedicated to him.
An Akron communications pro best known for her time as communications director for former Akron mayor Don Plusquellic is opening up a new Akron office for a Cleveland-based crisis communications firm.
Stephanie York will lead the new Akron office for Hennes Communications.
After her time at Akron City Hall, where she was also assistant director of law, York has been communications director for Cleveland Clinic Akron General.
Any mayor who serves for 28 years is bound to have some stories to tell, and former Akron mayor Don Plusquellic is no exception.
Many of those stories, and some from his younger years, are featured in Steve Love's new book The Indomitable Don Plusquellic: How a Controversial Mayor Quarterbacked Akron's Comeback.
It's a product of many hours of interviews with Plusquellic, those who worked with him, and those who covered him. The topics included in the book range from Plusquellic's time as a high school quarterback to his use of joint economic development districts (JEDDs) to his often rocky relationship with the media.
Love joined The Jasen Sokol Show to talk about the book: