Bachelor of Arts (1988)
Ohio School Broadcasting (1989)
Hondros College (2005)
Master Public Policy and Public Administration (2011)
Qualifications for office
The former Social Worker State of Ohio
Historic Social Justice Activist
Business Consultant and Political Strategist
Public Relations and Marketing Specialist
I support the police accountability initiative. In 2007, I led the "Plan for Saving Our City". Tidbits of the plan were featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2007 and updated in 2019. I believe that there must be community anchors; both formal and informal groups and methodologies. No one should be left behind. It is apparent that only having a police presence is not enough. Our goal will be to develop community solutions and engage in neighboring procedures through self-help and block-to-block empowerment. We believe when everyone is involved with the process - there is a non-threatening buy-in. We will also implement the cleanliness act; leave no lawn or lot behind. This is almost symbolic of the Broken Window Theory. We believe where there is a clean neighborhood, there is a safe neighborhood. Crime will decrease and noise complaints will be eliminated.
I would propose the immediate removal of hazardous conditions from schools, homes, daycares, and public facilities before a child are exposed. I would support a 50/50measure act. This act would reimburse the above-noted entities up to 50% to have their facilities tested annually. The test must be financially affordable and sound. Secondly, I would propose and support the removal of specific toys and jewelry that carries lead. I would also support policies that would prohibit landlords. public facilities, daycares from operating until they have proof of a lead inspection certificate. There should be air quality regulations for structures in close proximity to airports, factories, automobile plants, and automotive repair shops. To detect lead early - on, a policy would be supported regarding free blood tests in children accompanied by a no-cost treatment.
I would advocate for a fair share assessment and a monetary spending clause for each ward. I am a strong advocate for "oversight and accountability". Being as such, I would expect recipients of all funding to be audited by an independent group composed of professionals and appointed laypersons (2) from each ward. Prior to this, I would want to see the tools developed for the execution of funding, delivery of funding, qualifications of funding, marketing the plan for funding, and distribution of funding. I would be extremely cautious of what community organizations would aid in this task. In organizations that do not have a stellar reputation for service delivery, and those who are too involved with local politics would cause me to pause. I believe the public should have input in the budgeting process.
The city should provide renters with the opportunity to purchase their homes with a low-interest homeowner loan. The city could develop a rehab program and bank homes that can be fixed rather than tear them down; preventing vacant unkempt lawns and lots. The city could also enforce building and housing codes to help preserve structures that need little maintenance prior to major services of need. More so, the city must probe ways to maintain people in their current structure and neighborhood. The city should reinvest in building affordable housing structures that will allow low-income residents to live in structures that are admired rather than displace residents in areas where they become transient and dislocated. More so, there are times where historic landmarks are challenged. The city must find a way to preserve the history of the people. There should be a cap on how much gentrification can occur in any given neighborhood in order to protect the history of the black/brown block.
We will open a community office and resource center. We will use multiple sources to keep our residents, business owners, and stakeholders informed. We will develop and maintain a monthly newspaper. We will create a Cleveland WARD ONE information social media page, resident email blast, and business directory. We will deliver our messages (especially urgent messages) through a weekly podcast and generated Robocalls, especially during inclement weather. The podcast will also be used as needed. We will teach our seniors in an open setting - neighborhood by neighborhood on how to log on to the podcast for updates. This will allow our residents to listen anytime, anyplace, and anywhere - on DEMAND. We will also have a WARD ONE hotline that will be monitored daily by our sectional community outreach navigators
Graduate of Aviation High School
Qualifications for office
Previously served as councilman from 1998-2005. I was re-elected to serve in 2017.
Yes, I support this initiative. I believe that increased transparency will lead to greater accountability thereby improving police and community relations. In order to improve public safety, we must hire, at minimum, an additional 400 police officers to adequately staff the department. Additionally, we must provide training in the areas of diversity, de-escalation, mental health, nonlethal force, and community engagement.
Investing in crime prevention programs, job creation, and providing opportunities for our youth is also very important.
Obviously, to provide these additional services we must increase the budget for the Department of Public Safety.
In 2019 Cleveland City Council passed comprehensive lead poisoning legislation. This legislation provides for foundational changes for lead poisoning and prevention. The components are: a mandated that would require all landlords and property owners to secure lead safe certificates for rental properties; criminal penalties for non-compliance with the law; provision that establishes entities to monitor accountability; provision for the council to revisit the legislation and make adjustments; a provision to require that home daycare centers are lead safe; a requirement for mandatory lead testing for young children. While this legislation is groundbreaking there is still room for improvement. We must secure the necessary funding to ensure that the goals of the legislation become a reality for Cleveland's most vulnerable citizens.
The allocation of these funds can play a significant role in the recovery of our neighborhoods. Especially, for those communities that have not received significant economic investments. As a member of the Cleveland City Council, I have advocated for equitable investment in my community and will continue to do so. These funds can be used to improve the housing stock, build new homes, provide services to senior citizens, improve safety, and assist with enforcement of the lead poisoning legislation.
Absolutely, I am of the opinion that the public should have input regarding the budgeting process. In fact, on July 22, 2021, I convened a public forum to discuss how the $511M dollars would be allocated. More than 100 residents of my community attended this event to share their opinion. I will utilize the information obtained at this meeting to advocate during the budgeting process.
The City needs to develop a housing plan that integrates people from various economic backgrounds. There should be an agreement with developers that a designated percentage of the new development should be affordable units. There should also be a commitment from the city to reinvest in communities of color in order to protect and preserve existing housing stock and to protect minority businesses within the neighborhood. It's important to create a structure that caters to the current residents' values and visions for the community.
In order to maintain communication with my constituents, I utilize social media, newsletters, robocalls, mailers, phone calls, community meetings, and flyers. Yes, my ward's constituents would benefit from expanded language access for city services. This is particularly important for individuals that limited English proficiency and are deaf and hard of hearing.