This is the type of news that gives me hope. Shontel M. Brown is a young, smart, energetic leader with a background in small- to midsize business who will hopefully push the Cuyahoga County Democrats into a bright, new future.

The Cuyahoga County Democrats have come a long way since the rule of boss Jimmy Dimora, who is serving a 28-year sentence on corruption charges. This key county for Democrats needs strong leadership, and there’s all the reason in the world to think they’ve found it in the 42-year-old Brown.


Cuyahoga County Democrats elected both their first black and woman leader Saturday when they selected County Councilwoman Shontel Brown to take the reins going into 2018. …

The chair election comes after former Party Chairman Stuart Garson stepped down Aug. 4. In a letter to Democrats, Garson said he wanted to allow a new chair to take over before his term ends next June during the thick of the 2018 races. …

“I think I’m the type of person that can reach out to untapped resources, so that’s something I’m definitely willing and prepared to do,” said Brown, who’s had success fundraising for her own races in the past. …

Brown addressed intraparty discord in her nominating speech with a foreboding warning about what could happen if Democrats keep fighting each other.

“Let us remember, Republicans are our real competition,” she said. “If we don’t get it together quick, what happened in the White House will be happening in Cuyahoga County.

Brown is the District 9 representative for Cuyahoga County Council. She previously served on the Warrensville Heights City Council for three years. As a member of County Council, Brown has worked to continue advocating for the needs of seniors and youth, and work toward establishing a health and human services that integrates economic development and promotes job opportunities.

Prior to entering politics, Brown established a printing and promotions company called Diversified Digital Solutions that supports small to mid-size businesses with their marketing needs.

Brown earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Cuyahoga Community College and volunteers as a Youth Ministry Leader at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.