Cleveland City Council will look very different come January as five seats will have new occupants, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections’ unofficial results.
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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.
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.
In a city where 60% of households are renters, many Clevelanders face uncertain futures. Tenants who are a day late with the rent can receive an eviction notice, and landlords can refuse to rent to tenants who choose to pay with a housing voucher. A coalition of housing advocates and area organizations is asking Cleveland mayoral candidates Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley to support renter protection legislation to address these issues.
In Cleveland, there continues to be a lack of accountability, transparency, and trust when it comes to the police, and that’s with a consent decree in place. That’s where we the people come in. On November 2nd, Clevelanders have an opportunity to vote for change: Issue 24.
City Council President Kevin Kelley has represented Old Brooklyn for 16 years. He gave up his seat in favor of a mayoral bid, and now two candidates hailing from the nonprofit sector, Kate Warren and Kris Harsh, seek to take his spot. While their experience seems similar, Harsh emphasizes hands-on, hyperlocal solutions while Warren focuses on legislative change that could bring Old Brooklyn up along with the rest of Cleveland.