Just heard that Chris Ronayne has announced to a Democratic ward club meeting that he’s running for county council, not county executive, to represent County Council District 3, which consists of Cleveland wards 13-17. ?Ronayne came to his senses, realizing that he has no business thinking he can win countywide on his first run for office. ?But running for council presents a very big problem for Ronayne, one I will likely be dealing with if I join Ronayne in this council as councillor for District 7.
Ronayne is president of?University Circle Inc., the massive non-profit which handles development in University Circle, which is home to Case Western Reserve University, University Hospital, much of the Cleveland Clinic, and more. ?Ronayne has been reported to earn $185,000 in this position.
County council is a part time position paying $45,000. ?I doubt Ronayne will be quitting UCI in order to make literally one quarter of that income in the county council. ?So that means Ronayne is going to double dip on the salary, earning $230,000 a year, the vast majority of which comes from a private corporation. ?The voters of District 3 will probably have some questions about that.
So will I. ?University Circle sits in District 7, the district I am running to represent. ?If I sit in council with Ronayne, who will he be representing? ?District 3? ?Or his employer? ? That’s a conflict of interest that I won’t be able to ignore if I’m councillor for District 7, and it’s a conflict that Ronayne will simply have to address before he’s elected.