For a live chat with co-blogger/Democratic candidate for the 7th Cuyahoga County Council District for primary election night coverage.
We’ll probably know the answer before then. But feel free to wish Tim well in the final 24-hours of his primary campaign.Full Story... →
Gonna be on the road for the rest of the week, so light blogging alert on my end.? Couple thoughts from the County Council campaign trail.Full Story... →
I turned on 90.3 in the car, and there was good ol’ Dan Moulthrop with 2010’s unelected czar of Cuyahoga County Martin Zanotti, identified as recently as this past Sunday by the PD as a potential candidate for county executive, and his fellow unelected co-czar ?Jim McCafferty to discuss county reform! ?Awesome! ?So I decided to call in and ask a question.
Since everyone on the air was all about transparency, I identified myself to call screener Susan as a candidate for county council, and said I wanted to follow up on a question from a listener, who asked where […]Full Story... →
I plan to blog throughout my run for Cuyahoga County Council District 7. ?Of course, the regularity will be spotty, but I find that blogging clears a lot of cobwebs out of my head, and that value increases as I get further into being an actual candidate. ?I also plan to be totally transparent during this campaign, and blogging will be a part of that.Full Story... →
In the Cuyahoga County Council District 3 race, Dan Brady has begun to make an issue of his opponent Chris Ronayne’s blatant conflict of interest. ?Ronayne will run for, and if he wins, sit in the District 3 seat, while still taking a $185,000 a year salary from University Circle Inc., a non-profit with a billion dollar endowment which will have business before the county.
The PD’s Henry Gomez, whose coverage of the county council races has been pretty good to date, today seems to poo poo on the obvious conflict, citing Ronayne’s own lawyers, who incredibly, don’t see […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
Another story in the Plain Dealer announcing yet another unilateral decision, without oversight, regarding the mega-development downtown, MedMart. ?This time, the decision, ?yet again announced through the Plain Dealer, is to move the site, yet again, to another spot downtown.
When I saw the story, I called the reporter, Laura Johnston, to comment as a candidate for the county council district that will include downtown, District 7. ?Laura seemed highly disinterested in taking comment from a candidate who will, if elected, represent the exact spot on which the MedMart will sit. ?I don’t understand why Laura doesn’t seek comment […]Full Story... →
Lots of rumor going around about candidates for county executive, and county council. ?Being that I’ve pulled petitions for both, I’ve got my ear to the ground pretty closely. ?And the one name that keeps popping up for county executive is my own councilman in Cleveland Ward 3, Joe Cimperman. ?In fact, word is that Cimperman has taken himself off of time-intensive committees in Cleveland City Council in preparation for his county executive run.
Pencil him in. ?Cimperman will probably have a rough time. ?There is a lot of resentment within the Democratic Party about his 2008 primary against Dennis […]Full Story... →
Drawing political boundaries in secret, getting them approved by voters on the ballot, well, that’s nifty. ?Might get your districts thrown into litigation. ?Looks like whoever was in the room at the time thought about this, and may have thrown a measure into the new Cuyahoga County charter as a shield to defeat any such litigation – immediate redistricting as soon as the new council takes their seats.Full Story... →
Just got a call from the Board of Elections. ?The signature collection requirement has been decided for all the new county races, and it’s 50 signatures for both the county council seats and the executive race for the major party primaries on September 7. ?Here’s a PDF with the lowdown on all the other info, including requirements for independent candidates.
All. ?Systems. ?Go.Full Story... →
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