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Russ Pry 1958 - 2016

Russell M. Pry

Summit County Executive Russell M. Pry died on July 31, 2016 following a short, courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on May 30, 1958 to Helen Lucille (Morris) and Donald Pry and grew up in Mogadore, Ohio. His maternal grandmother, Elsie Morris, played a major role in his upbringing and her strong union and democratic influence molded his values and lifelong desire to help people.
Russ leaves one brother, David "Joe" Pry, sister-in-law, Carla, and two nieces, Carly and Josie, whom he adored, all of New Philadelphia, Ohio. He also leaves his Godson, Austin Adams, and his dear friends, Mary Ann Walsh and Doug Adams and their other son Taylor Adams, Carol Dezso and Elaine Whiting, Phil Montgomery and Andrew Schuellerman, Ross and Diane Pollock, Jill and Jeff Skapin, Edna Borders, Michael and Kim Cassetty, Gertrude Wilms, the Hamad family, Mae and Jim Talbott, Nicole and Per Marvin, John and Lea Kinsey, Bill and Pam Brown, Steve and Sally Zimmerman, Don Plusquellic, David Horner and Judy Casto, Heather and Ross Licata, Mary Sayre, Jason and Stephanie Dodson and his entire Rocknes Family.
During his life, Russ was a successful attorney, two-time Mogadore Village Councilmember, Chair of the Summit County Democratic Party, member of the Summit County Board of Elections and for the last 9+ years of his life, the Summit County Executive. More importantly, Russ was a leader, an advocate, a conciliator, and a friend. Russ gave willingly to many people throughout his life and worked in each position during his career to make peoples' lives richer and our community a better place. He was loyal, faithful and devoted to his friends and always was available with solid advice, a gentle word and a sympathetic ear.
As the Summit County Executive, Russ will be remembered by his many achievements, which include assisting and honoring the men and women of the military, creating and keeping jobs in Summit County, successfully guiding the County through difficult economic times, making Summit County government more efficient, consolidated and collaborative and beginning new programs aimed to help those in the community of greatest need.
Russ was a history buff, an avid reader, crossword puzzle ace and a Jeopardy whiz. He knew everything about our U.S. presidents and often grilled his friends and staff on American History trivia. Russ also enjoyed winding down his day with a cocktail at Rockne's, which he affectionately called his "West Office."
At Russ' request, there will be no calling hours or funeral. A Memorial Service in his honor will be held at the John S. Knight Center on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 10 a.m., with a Celebration of Russ's Life to follow at Tangier's on West Market Street in Akron from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Visiting Nurse Service.
We have lost a brother, a great friend, a loyal Democrat, an incredibly smart man and genuine good guy who worked hard to make his community a better place.

Rest in peace, Rusty.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Aug. 10, 2016
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Learn More About How Right To Work Is Wrong For Ohio

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From Ohio AFL-CIO

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

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Last week, another Right to Work is Wrong bill was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives. This anti-worker bill, HB 583, was introduced by John Becker and co-sponsored by fellow Republican legislators: Representatives Niraj Antani, Ron Hood, Andy Thompson, A. Nino Vitale, Tom Brinkman, Kristina Roegner, Bill Dean, Jim Buchy, and Paul Zeltwanger

Just a few months ago, Republican presumptive Presidential nominee Donald Trump said “My position on Right To Work is 100%” and also said “I fight the unions very hard.”

Meanwhile GOP Senatorial Candidate Rob Portman co-sponsored National Right To Work Is Wrong when he was a U.S. Representative. Simply put, these candidates are not looking out for us, despite what their slick commercials and slogans may say.

Because of these continued GOP attacks on workers on every political level, we are urging members to join with other working people to walk and talk to neighbors this weekend. The Republican Convention is less than a week away, and while the GOP will want to say they are for working people, we need you to join us going door-to-door to tell the truth about what Donald Trump, Senator Portman and the GOP agenda will do to working families.

Click here to find a walk near you and to RSVP today! Then click here to send a letter to your Representative urging them to not support House Bill 583, Right To Work is Wrong.

Donald Trump has made it clear! His assertion that auto manufacturers should shut down shop in states like Michigan and Ohio, where members are in a union and earn a middle-class wage, and move them to low-wage, Right To Work is Wrong Southern states, shows his true agenda is corporate profit, not rebuilding America’s middle class.

Senator Rob Portman is blaming Ted Strickland for Ohio’s job loss even though Sen. Portman has voted for 14 different unfair trade deals plus the Fast Tracking of the Trans Pacific Partnership all the while self-proclaiming himself the quarterback on CAFTA.

Now, with HB583 Ohio Republicans continue their assault on working families with yet another attempt to strip workers of their basic workplace rights, only a week before their National Convention in Cleveland.

Click here to find a walk near you and to RSVP today! Then click here to send a letter to your Representative urging them to not support House Bill 583, Right To Work is Wrong.

It is time we say enough is enough with the GOP agenda of attacking working people while lining the pockets of corporations and big-money CEOs with more and more tax breaks and overseas tax shelters.

Click here to help spread the word of who Donald Trump, Rob Portman and the GOP is really looking out for and RSVP to a walk near you!

In Solidarity,
Tim Burga, President

Community Awards For George Johnson

George Johnson poses with daughters Tiffany and Tia after receiving three Community Service awards for his activism and support of Akron's working families.

The awards were presented by The AFL-CIO Labor Council, two of our local Ohio State Representatives Emilia Sykes and Greta Johnson, and one from distinguished United States Senator Sherrod Brown.

Congratulations George!

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