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.
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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and other local politicians caught an earful when they gathered at a shopping plaza in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood in mid-August to discuss a “surge” of funding to address poverty and inequity in the area. Neighborhood residents who gathered in the plaza’s parking lot said these ideas didn’t meet their needs.