Kerry McCormack within the nonpartisan major for Cleveland Metropolis Council Ward 3

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Cleveland City Council Ward 3 extends southwest to northeast through the heart of Cleveland, from the Stockyards neighborhood through Ohio City, and then through Public Square to downtown. The eastern boundary of the parish includes the Burke Lakefront Airport.

With some of the city’s hippest residential and entertainment areas in the community and convenient to downtown and University Circle jobs, Ward 3 is home to a growing number of young professionals. One consequence: the retail and residential construction boom in parts of the station. Another: a growing income gap in a community that includes the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s striking Lakeview Terrace complex – and soon the new $ 300 million Sherwin-Williams Co. headquarters in Public Square.

For the past five years, Ward 3 has been represented on the city council by Kerry McCormack, who was appointed in 2016 to replace retiring Joe Cimperman and then elected for a full four-year term in 2017 with almost 85% of the vote.

This year, McCormack, 33, faces a major challenge from Ayat Amin, 27, Data and Marketing Specialist, and Mike Rogalski, 32, a former Cuyahoga County employee. The first two in the pre-election of September 14th will be in the ballot on November 2nd.

All three recognize the challenges facing the community – including a growing housing shortage for seniors as property values ​​rise; urgent public health needs; Lead poisoning risks in older, deteriorating homes; and crime and neighborhood security issues.

But residents of the station should stick to McCormack’s energetic, innovative, and dedicated leadership tireless dedication for the West Side Market, for permanent supportive living on the Near West Side for the ex-homeless and for housing justice in Cleveland, push for a regulation banning discrimination against sources of income from city owners.

His opponents, while serious, offer no convincing arguments to replace him.

Texas-born Amin, who has also lived in Michigan, Indiana, and California, is the lead marketing and customer success for Opportunity Exchange, a business development organization. Her platform focuses on environmental justice and the need for Cleveland to do more to promote the use of alternative energies.

Rogalski, a Cleveland Heights High School graduate with a BA in Urban Studies and a Masters in Public Administration from Cleveland State University, worked for Cuyahoga County for the past six years, most recently as Program Officer II in the Senior and Adult Services Department . He says he would do more to fight crime and help low-income seniors stay in their homes.

About 25,000 Clevelanders call Ward 3 their home. According to the Center for Community Solutions, around 8,800 of them live in poverty. The center also reported that the median household income for Station 3 is $ 35,314. While this is 14% higher than the citywide median household income (30,907), Ward 3’s median is 38% lower than the Ohio statewide median.

Meanwhile, as Rogalski noted, property taxes are pushing older homeowners down. (Six years ago Ohio began means testing whether the Ohio Senior Property Tax Exemption was exempt from property tax.)

Candidates also joined calls for major reforms at Cleveland Public Power, the city’s own utility company, which they believe could do more to keep electricity prices (and outages) low and encourage the use of green electricity. An overarching problem: CPP has the electricity supply contracts through American Municipal Power with the coal-fired – in times of environmental awareness – Prairie State Energy Campus in southern Illinois. These contracts “Are ‘a financial disaster'” The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis reported for CPP customers in September.

All three are also working to improve lake access by closing Burke Lakefront Airport, which is now keeping much of the shores of Lake Erie closed to Clevelanders, despite owning every square inch of it.

They also agreed that more needs to be done to address the health inequalities exposed by the pandemic. These include, as Amin noted, Cleveland’s high asthma and allergy rates, which are linked to poor air quality and other income and environmental factors.

Regardless of how sincere, well-informed, and solid a candidate’s intentions are, town hall indolence means that wanting to change something and actually changing it are sharply separated duties. Because of this, voters should reappoint Kerry McCormack for re-election as Ward 3 Councilor.

McCormack’s experience and mindfulness mean he’s better able than his competitors to know what’s going on in town hall, how to work with or around it – and how to defend the interests of Ward 3 residents and promote prospects.

The early voting in the area code on September 14th begins on August 17th.

The three candidates running in the Cleveland City Council Ward 5 impartial primary on September 14 – incumbent Councilor Kerry McCormack and challengers Ayat Amin and Mike Rogalski – were voted by the editorial staff of The Plain Dealer and Cleveland on July 7, 2021 .com interviewed as part of its recognition process.

Listen to the audio of this interview below. (Note that although the audio file is titled Ward 5 Nonpartisan Primary, it is actually for the Ward 3 breed):

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