Friday afternoon, Ward 7 City Council candidate Mayceo Smith II sat down for an interview at the City of Joy Life Enrichment Center at 906 E. Tallmadge Ave, Akron, Ohio. This is also the location of the church he pastors.
Patricia Tramble: Mr. Smith, what is Ward 7?
Mayceo Smith II: FirestonePark. Ward 7 ends at Arlington Streetand Lovers Lane. It encompasses the end of Lovers Lane down pass Waterloo Road and slightly beyond. It also includes the schools in the area like Glover, Voris, McEbright, and Garfield.
PT: Mr. Smith, what are some of the issues of Ward 7?
MS: Vacant homes, high grass, violence, and crime. I have been told by residents thatthe current councilperson is slow to respond to complaints and people need to know you care enough to be heard.
PT: Why do you think you would be a good candidate for Ward 7?
MS: I grew-up in the area. As a councilman, I would listen. I would be a voice for the people to and from downtown.
PT: What do you mean by a voice to and from downtown?
MS: The City Council is made-up of 13 people and each Ward has a representative. Over the City Council is a City Council President who is the head of the City Council. The City Council office is tied together with the Mayor. Together, they vote on issues, monies spent, and the passing of legislation.
PT: This clarifies to me on how things work.
PT: If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?
MS: First to let Ward 7 know who their city councilperson is. The more they know the more they can utilize their councilperson. People would feel they have a voice in their community just like everyone else.
PT: Being a pastor some may think you will bring the pulpit to the Ward. How do you address this concern?
MS: Regardless of what your profession is your main concern is to be a good councilperson. I will not mix the two together except in the area of integrity.
PT: What made you run for Ward 7?
MS: In April of 2010, my brother-in-law went to visit a friend. The friend was being robbed and my brother-in-law was shot. He lost his life. I want to make a difference in the community and the community needs a solid leader.
PT: What do you want people to know about Mayceo Smith II in running for this office?
MS: I have been married for 10 years. I have a five year-old daughter and a seven year-old son attending school in this Ward. Because of what I have in this Ward, I want it to be a good place for my family. I don’t want to complain, I want to be a part of the change and make it happen.
PT: September 13, 2011, what is the significance of this date and why should people go out and vote?
MS: September 13 is the Primary Election. We live in a primarily Democratic area and who ever is chosen on that date could very well likely be the deciding vote for council person for Ward 7. November is the general election but September 13 is a deciding vote.