Nonpartisan Independent Council Fair Districting Commission


Upcoming meetings: 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.


All meetings are held in Summit County Council Chambers located at 175 S. Main St. in Akron (7th floor). All visitors must wear masks.  


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About the Commission:


On Monday, August 30, Summit County Council appointed five County electors to the Nonpartisan Independent Council Fair Districting Commission. Like federal and state legislative districts, County Council districts are redrawn every ten years following the completion of the U.S. Census.

The charter requires that no more than three members of the commission belong to the same political party, and it bars members from holding public office or being an officer of a political party.

The commission has 120 days to prepare and certify to the county Board of Elections a detailed apportionment of the eight County Council districts in accordance with requirements outlined in the county charter. Most notably, the charter indicates districts should be compact, contiguous, of substantially equal population and be split as best as possible along political subdivision boundaries.

Once the commission completes its work and the apportionment is certified, the new districts will take effect for the 2022 election cycle.

The Charter of Summit County is available at  


Commission Members

Michael Callahan is an Akron based attorney with more than 30 years of practice. Mr. Callahan previously served in elected office as Summit County Prosecutor, Summit County Council Member and as a Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division Judge.

Tracy Carter currently serves as the System Director for Government Affairs and Health Policy at Summa Health Systems. Ms. Carter has served on several local community boards including the Summit County Children’s Services, The Akron Community Foundation and the Women’s Endowment Fund, of which she chaired. 

Frances Buchholzer is the former director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and has held positions in government relations for B.F. Goodrich and well as the Ohio Petroleum Council. Ms. Buchholzer has also served as a member of the University of Akron Foundation, and as the Chair of the Board of Park Commissioners for Summit Metro Parks.

Cazzell Smith previously served as assistant director of administrative services under former County Executive Russell Pry. Mr. Smith also served as a longtime Summit County Council Member, representing West Akron, Fairlawn, and Copley.

Irving Sugerman is a partner in Brouse McDowell’s Real Estate and Litigation Groups.  Mr. Sugerman has served as the law director or special counsel to many political subdivisions within Summit County and is a frequent lecturer for the University of Akron and local Bar Associations.