Ohio Citizen Action congratulates Shammas Malik on victory

(Columbus, OH)—Today, Ohio Citizen Action (OCA) proudly joins Shammas Malik in celebrating his victory in the Akron Mayoral Primary. Malik defeated the other six Democratic candidates to finish with a reported 43.2% of the vote.

“Today, the voters of Akron chose a Democratic candidate for Mayor who will embody a new generation of leadership and offer a forward-thinking vision for their city,” said Ohio Citizen Action Political Director, Kyle Marcum. “Shammas Malik brings the innovation, leadership, and inclusion needed to carry Akron into a more vibrant future.”

Malik campaigned on issues of equity and economic development while keeping sustainability and justice in mind. He has developed a comprehensive climate platform that includes creating green building standards and increasing the use of electric vehicles in municipal fleets. 

Malik has been a member of the Akron City Council since 2019 and would also be the first person of color to ever be elected as the Mayor of Akron. 

As part of their independent expenditure work in support of Malik, Ohio Citizen Action knocked on more than 10,000 doors and had conversations with Akron voters in support of his candidacy. OCA is a c4 organization that focuses on mobilizing Ohioans around improving environmental quality, protecting consumers, and preserving voting rights.

“Voters in the city of Akron chose someone to unite them who is not afraid of change and not afraid to make the tough decisions. They chose the candidate best suited to move them beyond the status quo when they chose Malik,” said Marcum. “OCA congratulates Shammas Malik as he continues his bid to become the Mayor of Akron.”