Akron on the verge of history in mayoral race
Akron made local history Tuesday night when Ward 8 Councilman Shammas Malik won the city's Democratic nomination for mayor.
Why it matters: With no Republican or independent candidates running, Malik is expected to become Akron's 63rd mayor when Mayor Dan Horrigan’s term ends Dec. 31.
- Malik, who is of Pakistani and Irish decent, would be the first person of color to serve as Akron's mayor.
State of play: Malik, a former assistant law director for Akron, earned 43% of the vote, beating out six candidates.
- The election took place in the aftermath of a grand jury declining to indict the officers who fatally shot Jayland Walker.
What's next: The only thing that could stop Malik is a write-in candidate emerging and beating him in November, which, by most accounts, is highly unlikely.
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