Dan Horrigan

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Dan Horrigan
Mayor of Akron, Ohio
Assumed office
January 1, 2016
Preceded byJeff Fusco
Personal details
Born1963 (age 55–56)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materKent State University
University of Akron

Dan Horrigan (born 1963) is the current mayor of Akron, Ohio, having been elected on November 3, 2015, following eight years as the Clerk of Summit County's Common Pleas Courts.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Shortly after earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Kent State University, Horrigan returned to school to earn an additional degree in Education from the University of Akron. This combination led to his position teaching social studies at his alma mater of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School from 1996 to 1998.[2] In 1999, Horrigan left his position with the school to successfully run for Akron City Council. Horrigan represented Akron's Ward 1, comprising Highland Square and North Hill, from 1999 to 2007.[3] In his time with serving as Ward 1 Council representative, he chaired the Public Utilities Committee and was a senior member of the Planning Budget & Finance and Parks & Recreation Committees. He was a fierce advocate for both the residents and businesses located in Ward 1 of Akron. Horrigan's leadership led to instrumental projects such as the Highland Square Development Initiative, two new libraries, various housing initiatives and the Rack 40 Project to benefit the preservation of the Cuyahoga River and the surrounding environment.[4] In 2001, Horrigan brought together business leaders and residents to develop a comprehensive plan for the Highland Square neighborhood. The plan's vision led to a new library, new school, and new grocery store that anchor the neighborhood today.[5][6]

Summit County Clerk of Courts[edit]

In 2007, the Democratic Party of Summit County selected Dan as the Clerk of Summit County's Common Pleas Courts, where he oversaw an office of 87 public employees.[7] In his time in the office, through which he would eventually be elected President of the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association in December 2012, his primary focuses modernization and efficiency.[2]

Akron Mayoral Election[edit]

Following an extremely tumultuous period in the Akron Mayor's office, Horrigan announced his candidacy for Mayor on June 9, 2015.[8] His announcement touted his unique stature as the only candidate with "the necessary strong leadership skills to continue to develop this City's economic base, to bring and work together with all of the City's partners and in conjunction with Akron City Council, move this City forward." [9] In addition to economic revival, his campaign focused on a number of local issues such as finding affordable solutions to the city's sewage system issues, union contracts, downtown development, and increased citizen engagement. Following his victory on November 3, 2015, Horrigan became Akron's first newly elected Mayor in 28 years.[1]

Primary Election Results[10][edit]

September 8, 2015 Primary Election
Candidate Total Votes
Daniel Horrigan 10,647
Michael D. Williams 8,088

General Election Results[11][edit]

November 3, 2015 General Election
Candidate Total Votes Percentage of Votes
Daniel Horrigan (DEM) 29,436 72.33%
Eddie Sipplen (REP) 9,732 23.91%
William N. Melver 1,528 3.75%

First Mayoral Term[edit]

Blue Ribbon Task Force[edit]

Following his election, Horrigan appointed a "Blue Ribbon Task Force" composed of local business and community leaders, to "look under the hood" of City government and make recommendations for its management.[12]

Early Initiatives & Policies[edit]

During Mayor Horrigan's first year in office, he led a variety of successful initiatives including: rebuilding relationships with the United States EPA; and working closely with Huntington Bank as it acquired FirstMerit Corporation.[13] Mayor Horrigan also followed through on a recommendation to appoint the City of Akron's first ever Human Resources Director, which required an amendment to the City's charter.[14]

Other successes for Mayor Horrigan during his first year in office included: hosting six town hall meetings within the community and meeting with every high school senior class within the Akron Public Schools, implementing cost-saving reform of retiree supplemental health benefits, securing approval of First Consent Decree Amendment resulting in $56.7 million in CSO savings; securing nationally competitive $5 million TIGER grant to redevelop Main Street and leading successful effort to bring Stark State Community College campus to Akron.[13]

Additionally, Horrigan was recognized by Cleveland Magazine's Community Leader Power 100 – List of most influential leaders in Northeast Ohio.[15] He joined the coalition of Mayors across the U.S. in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns.[16] In order to further his goal of improving the health of the community, Mayor Horrigan he partnered with Akron Children's Hospital-Akron Marathon Race Series, County of Summit and Summit County Public Health to launch a citywide 100 Million Steps Walking Challenge.[17]

Akron Mayoral Re-election 2019[edit]

Primary Results[18][edit]

May 7, 2019 Primary Election
Candidate Total Votes Percentage of Votes
Daniel Horrigan 10,993 78.50%
Greg Harrison 3,011 21.50%

This was the first May primary in Akron in 70 years due to a voter-approved change in primary dates. The leadership of Akron City Council and Mayor Horrigan touted this change as a way to save money and increase voter turnout. No money was saved and 5000 less voters turned out compared to the 2015 primary results.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Dan Horrigan preparing to take over as Akron's first newly elected mayor in 28 years". Akron Beacon Journal.
  2. ^ a b "Dan M. Horrigan Biography". Summit County Clerk of Courts. Archived from the original on 2016-02-19.
  3. ^ "Akron mayoral debate preview: What you need to know about Dan Horrigan, Mike Williams". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  4. ^ "Akron Roundtable, Dan Horrigan, City of Akron Mayor". Akron Kiwanis.
  5. ^ "Mayor Daniel Horrigan — City of Akron, Ohio | CEOs for Cities". ceosforcitiesnationalmeeting.org. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  6. ^ "Daniel M. Horrigan Biography". Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  7. ^ "Biography". Dan Horrigan for Mayor. Archived from the original on 2016-01-15.
  8. ^ "New Akron Mayor admits inappropriate behavior". USA Today.
  9. ^ "Summit County Clerk of Courts Dan Horrigan running for Akron mayor". Cleveland Plain Dealer.
  10. ^ "Summit County Board of Elections 2015 Primary Results". www.summitcountyboe.com. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  11. ^ "Summit County Board of Elections November 3, 2015 General Election Results". www.summitcountyboe.com. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  12. ^ "Akron's Blue Ribbon Task Force releases findings, makes recommendations to new mayor". Crain's Cleveland Business. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  13. ^ a b "Executive - Mayor's Office : City of Akron". www.akronohio.gov. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  14. ^ bjstaff. "Better city management through consolidating human resources". www.ohio.com. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  15. ^ "Northeast Ohio's Power 100: Find out Who's on the List". Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  16. ^ rarmon. "Akron community rallies against gun violence". www.ohio.com. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  17. ^ "Akron wants residents to walk 100 million steps". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  18. ^ "Summit County Board of Elections 2019 Primary Election Results". www.summitcountyboe.com. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  19. ^ Livingston, Doug. "Voter turnout plummets in Akron's new May primary". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Fusco
Mayor of Akron, Ohio