Russ Neal (D) was elected to represent Ward 4 on Nov. 3, 2009. He is a 1980 Buchtel High School graduate and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Marketing from Ohio University. He also is a graduate of the East Akron Neighborhood Development’s Applied Leadership on the Neighborhood Level program. He owns Graffiti Print Shop and unity365.com.
Neal chairs the Parks & Recreation Committee; is vice chair of the Green/Sustainability Committee; and serves on the Planning and Health & Social Services Committees. His affiliations include: founder and past president of the Buchtel High School Alumni Association Inc. (BHSAA); board member of the Buchtel High School Alumni Association Inc.; board member of Project Grad Akron; board member of Akron Inner City Soccer Association; board member of South Street Ministries; deacon at Prince of Peace Baptist Church; lifetime member of BHSAA Inc.; lifetime member of NAACP; charter member of 100 Black Men of America Inc., Akron Chapter; Buchtel High School PTA and Akron Chamber of Commerce.
Russ Neal’s Ward 4 meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., at Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
Council Representative Neal has proposed legislation requesting that the City of Akron change from celebrating Columbus Day to celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. Other cities have already adopted similar legislation, and the discussion is growing nationwide. To encourage and guide community discussion here in Akron, Councilman Neal encourages residents to listen to a recorded radio program aired on WOSU Radio on Aug. 24. Following is a link to the program: