Remember to Vote - November 7th
I have a long history of involvement in University Heights and the larger community, as well as the skills and experience to create solutions to long-standing, simmering issues.
In my first term on Council, I chaired the Governmental Affairs and Civic Information Committees. I arranged for three local planning experts to meet with Council to discuss long term planning: Paul Alsenas, Director of the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, Kevin O’Brien, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Environmental Center, and David Hartt, President of D.B. Hartt, Inc. As Chair of the Civic Information Committee, I proposed updated legislation that was approved by Council, to create a Technology Advisory Commission to tap the expertise of tech savvy city residents. I met with managers of senior services from our neighboring cities to explore opportunities to increase offerings to our senior citizens.
But I didn't stop there. In my second term I served our city as Vice Mayor, being an articulate voice from council to the administration, ensuring that residents' concerns were brought forward and addressed by the administration. In that role I've also worked hard to develop consensus on issues that are sensitive to various areas of the community and to enhance commmunication and collaboration amoung council members.
As Chair of the Finance Committee, I instituted the practice of regular meetings and submission of detailed financial reports by the Finance Director to the Finance Committee and Council. This has allowed Council to more accurately monitor expenditures. I have encouraged more participation by the citizen's Finance Admisory Committee -- a group of talented and experienced financial experts who reside in our city.
My successful background developing projects and writing grants lends itself to analyzing issues, researching successful options, and working as part of your team of elected officials to create sustainable solutions.
I've lived in University Heights for 31 years and deeply value the many assets of our city: friendly community members, quiet tree-lined streets with an assortment of lovely homes, respect for individual space and privacy, nearby retail centers, a delightful summer pool complex and new park, block parties on many streets throughout the summer, and an established private university that is regularly listed as a regional "Best Value" for higher education in national publications. In the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Midwest Universities, John Carroll University is ranked in the top 10 and it is tied for second with its focus on teaching undergraduates.
University Heights is a leafy green retreat neighboring the amenities of a vibrant region of cultural, medical and higher educational institutions, such as the world class Cleveland Orchestra and many University Circle and downtown museums; the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth medical systems; and diverse choices for higher education that include Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College in addition to John Carroll University. The members of our University Heights community are diverse in religious affiliation, ethnicity, race, age, experience and background. There is much to cherish here.
To maintain and enhance these valuable assets, I believe we must carefully and thoughtfully position our city, building for the future on our many existing strengths. I have the skills, background, and experience to work with the City’s administration and my colleagues on Council to guide our city forward with thought, care and deliberation.