The leaders like to say they’re “E and E,” which means “emerging and experienced.” They vary not just in age and other demographics but in their careers, which span governments, businesses, universities, and philanthropies.
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Richard Starr, a political newcomer who ran unsuccessfully to be Ward 5 city councilman in 2017, will face off against recently appointed incumbent Delores Gray in the Nov. 2 general election. Despite its proximity to Cleveland’s relatively affluent downtown, the Central neighborhood, which makes up most of Ward 5, has remained one of the city’s poorest areas.
On November 22, 2014, my 12-year-old cousin Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland police. Seven years later, we still haven’t gotten justice. My family is not alone. There are more than 90 families in our city who’ve lost a loved one to police violence. This fall, we have a historic opportunity to win justice for all of them: Issue 24.
Community development corporations have launched a neighborhood platform to influence the next mayor’s agenda after the Nov. 2 election. They see an opportunity to not only influence a Kelley or Bibb administration, but also to help the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted city services, exacerbated disparities between residents, and wreaked havoc on local business districts.
Cleveland residents need to be engaged all year round, not just at election time, and shown that their involvement can make a real difference in improving their communities. That’s one of the key takeaways of a poll released this week by Policy Matters Ohio, Cleveland Votes and other organizations ahead of the Tues., Nov. 2 election.